In Only War, do grenade launchers use the same grenades as the ones you can use as hand grenades? What about the auxiliary grenade launcher / underslung GL?


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In the core Only War rule book there is the following sentence prefacing the table of explosives:

The explosives listed here can either be thrown by hand or loaded in a grenade launcher as grenades, used in missile launchers as missiles, or fired from mortars as rounds.

Additionally, the grenade launcher has the following bit of description:

The standard grenade launcher uses compressed gas charges to launch a variety of grenade types at the enemy.

Together, these lead me to believe that hand grenades and grenade launcher ammunition are in fact the same.

  • \$\begingroup\$ But explosives doesn't mean grenades. A fragmentation missile and a fragmentation grenade might use the same basic explosive but that doesn't make them the same thing. Just because the rules say that the mechanical effect of the explosion of a hand grenade and a grenade from a grenade launcher is the same doesn't mean you can jam a hand grenade in a launcher and expect it to work. \$\endgroup\$
    – Chryckan
    Oct 16, 2014 at 18:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, I only saw your comment now. While I agree in the real world, this is about a rulebook which seemingly makes no distinction between hand grenades and GL grenades. Do you have any better sources than what I quoted? Like I said, the quotes I found seem to support my view, even though I'd agree that it should be wrong. \$\endgroup\$
    – MarkZ
    May 6, 2015 at 12:08

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