Neopup PAW-20 Grenade Launcher
The Neopup PAW-20 (Personal Assault Weapon, 20mm) is a grenade launcher designed by Tony Neophytou and is marketed by Denel. The PAW-20 is a hand-held, semi-automatic grenade launcher that fires a 20mm point detonating round. It holds up to seven rounds in a conventional box magazine, with an effective range of 300–400 metres. It was designed mainly as an anti-personnel grenade launcher for use against opposition closely grouped together or behind light cover. However, it is also compatible with less-than-lethal ammunition. The PAW-20 is in direct competition with the more complicated and expensive joint American-German XM25. The PAW-20 has attracted some criticism due to the location of the ejection port; these allegations have largely been proven false, as the spent casings are ejected no closer to the operator's face than in a conventional assault rifle being fired from the left hand. Due to the unique location of the pistol grip on the side of the weapon, it can be fired from the left shoulder for a right-handed operator by simply placing the butt on the left shoulder, with no hand swapping necessary. This allows the user the advantage of being able to fire from around or under cover, with little time required to change the grip on the weapon. The right-handed location of the pistol grip also allows the weapon to recoil unimpeded into the shoulder of the operator, allowing for a much more manageable recoil than most weapons of this class.