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Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System
The USSOCOM M3 MAAWS Gas Grenade Launcher as imagined by VFC: With its real counterpart’s background being from the Swedish Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle (widely used by the US Special Forces). The actual version of this 84mm man-portable and reusable multi-purpose recoilless rifle is produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics.
The Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle earliest prototype was built in 1946, and it has been used in many countries for more than 70 years through a series of derivative models. This is due to the light weight and low cost of its body and shells. It can also be combined with a variety of shell types, allowing Carl Gustaf the versatility to be used in modern changing battlefields.
The U.S. military named the Gustav recoilless rifle as the "Ranger Anti-tank Weapons System" (RAWS), and the M3 Gustav recoilless rifle prototype displayed for the 1st time in 1991. Shortly after, Bofors introduced the Carl Gustaf M3 version. The improvement on its predecessor was to reduce the weight of the launcher body: The inner lining of the launch barrel, including the rifling, was made of thinner steel. The reinforcing material of the external structure is made of lightweight carbon fiber and epoxy resin, and all parts that do not need strength are made of aluminum alloy or plastic, all of which greatly reduces the weight of the original transmitter by about 6 kg.
In service around the world, the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle have also been continuously developed for new uses, including the US special forces and the British SAS as a tool to deal with bunkers and other combat vehicles , and the German army still retained a certain number of Gustav M2 even after equipping the new Tekken III bazooka as an anti-armor weapon.
In November 2011, the U.S. Army ordered the M3 series for regular troops on the battlefield in Afghanistan to fight against RPG rocket launchers equipped by the enemy and terrorists. The effective range of the RPG rocket launcher is 500-600 meters. Compared with the M3 Carl Gustaf, with the combination of different ammunition types, the effective range can be increased to about 1300 meters. And as an added feature set thru the sue or the proper munitions, it also has the ability of “air bombing” enemies hiding in bunkers from directly above.
On March 28, 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) asked the manufacturer to reduce weight, but given strict instructions that the reduction in weight and size should not affect the weapon's center gravity and durability. Saab Bofors Dynamics had also already developed a weight-reduced version prior to delivery to USSOCOM. It had been shown in firing tests that it has no performance degradation, no recoil increase, and barrel life is essentially the same as the unreduced version.
The main structure of a Carl Gustaf's body is composed of the barrel with breech recoil buffer, plus two grips and the interface of the stock assembly and the tripod. It is equipped with both mechanical sights and optical sight mounts.
The Carl Gustav recoilless rifle can be fired in standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions. Alternatively it also can be fixed to the ground and fired by attaching a two-legged bracket to the front of the stock assembly. There is also an operating handle called a "Venturi lock", which is used to open the breech for reloading, usually a small team of two people assist in operating the weapon, one of whom carries the weapon and shoots it, the other person carries the weapon's ammunition and assists with reloading.

No Compromise?

  • Lightweight Nylon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Design

  • VFC’s USSOCOM M3 MAAWS utilizes nylon fiber-reinforced polymer for the main structure, which greatly reduces the weight of the whole product. This provides a weight reduction from what would be 10 kg (if manufactured using original material) to about 4 kg with the VFC design. Internally, all key components are still made from metal, so durability is retained where it matters most! This design not only reduces the weight, but also maintains the structural strength of the USSOCOM M3 MAAWS platform.
  • Realistic Operation

  • Staying true to the design of the real USSOCOM M3 MAAWS, it’s not only effective in eliminating your target, but also simulates the operational experience of the original M3 as much as possible. Bring it to the airsoft battlefield and you will not only get a lot of looks, but also have a lot of fun!
  • Simulated 84mm Dummy Rocket

  • The USSOCOM M3 MAAWS Gas Launcher includes a simulated 84mm dummy rocket with added functionality. You can install a 40mm airsoft gas grenade by removing the dummy rocket cap on the 84mm rocket. And, the 40mm airsoft gas grenade can either fire BBs or the rubber grenade cap!
  • Interchangeable Ammunition Types

  • n addition to the default green gas power, other power-source grenades will be released in the future. But, it doesn’t stop there... the types of projectiles used in the M3 are not only just 6mm BBs , but also with standard 40mm gas grenade, and optional "Titan" 40 mm gas grenade available 65mm launch module (Configured in accordance with national laws). You will have even more options of other projectiles too, so your USSOCOM M3 MAAWS can have the same tactical flexibility on the Airsoft battlefield like the real one!

Expectations of Future

VFC USSOCOM M3 MAAWS Gas Grenade Launcher

The USSOCOM M3 MAAWS Gas Grenade Launcher is the first airsoft “Bazooka” made by VFC.
In the manufacturing process, many new design concepts have been added, while staying true to the spirit of the original: especially in lightweight design, maintaining the accurate structure dimensions, appearance, details, and balanced handling of the original USSOCOM M3 MAAWS.
Whether you are planning on shooting at the field, or just displaying in your collection, the VFC USSOCOM M3 MAAWS Gas Grenade Launcher will be right at home in either situation.
Also, look forward to future additions and expansions to the VFC Bazooka style toy grenade launcher lineup coming very soon!


Please refer to the USSOCOM M3 MAAWS instruction manual for detailed usage.

USSOCOM M3 MAAWS Gas Grenade Launcher

Item No: VF5-MAAWS-OD01
Inner Barrel
Muzzle Velocity
1065 mm
400 mm
3400 g
6 mm BB
8 ~ 32 Rounds
40 m/sec
Plastic, Metal Alloy

Optional Products for USSOCOM M3 MAAWS

Each accessory is different according to the laws of each country or region.
please contact your local dealer to confirm the content of the items.

Dummy 84mm Rocket Shell
40mm Standard Airsoft Grenade Cartridge
6mm BB Shower Shell
40mm Rubber Grenade Cap
40mm "Titan" Airsoft Grenade Cartridge and Rubber Grenade Cap
M3 MAAWS 65mm Launch Module
M3 MAAWS 65mm Multipurpose Launch Shell(10 pcs)
M3 MAAWS 84mm Modeling Rocket Carrying Case(Limited)

Warning and Caution

* WARNING : Be careful when loading gas grenades, do not directly press the valve in the botton of the grenades.

* Caution: This is NOT a Toy.
* Caution: ALWAYS wear eye protective gear.
* Caution: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed at the safe direction.
* Caution: ALWAYS assume the gun is loaded.
* Caution: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
* Caution: ALWAYS know your target and what is beyond it.
* Caution: ALWAYS keep out of reach of children.
* Caution: Muzzle speed varies for different country regulations.
* Caution: The picture display is only for the reference, Does not include straps, silencers, optic scope and red-dot sights.