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Loch-n-Load publicity blurb

The Loch-n-Load (pronounced "lock" as a pun, or with Scottish accent /lɒx/) is a community-created primary weapon for the Demoman. It is a double-barreled break-action grenade launcher.

This weapon fires grenades that travel at approximately 1513 Hammer units per second (roughly 105 km/h or 65 mph) and do not tumble mid flight, meaning they travel 25% faster than stock grenades and experience less drag in flight, greatly increasing their overall range. These grenades inflict 20% more damage than the Grenade Launcher to buildings upon a direct hit. Grenades explode as normal if they strike an enemy, strike a building, or if the fuse expires; however, if they hit anything else before then, they shatter, dealing no damage or push force. Additionally, the Loch-n-Load only holds 3 grenades (instead of 4) and each grenade has a 25% reduced splash radius, making it less effective on clustered enemies.

The kill icon for the Loch-n-Load was contributed by Psyke .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Explosive
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Base damage 100% 100 / 120
Critical 300
Mini-crit 135
Splash damage
Minimum splash 50% 2.1m
Damage reduction 1% / 2.16
Self-damage 38-73
Function times
Attack interval 0.6 s
Reload (first) 1.24 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.6 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Expert's Ordnance
Backpack The Expert's Ordnance Bundle.png

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See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Scottish Resistance Loch-n-Load
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Scottish Resistance.png = Item icon Loch-n-Load.png
Class Token - Demoman Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Demoman.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Loch-n-Load.png Item icon Ali Baba's Wee Booties.png Item icon Bootlegger.png Item icon Loose Cannon.png
Item icon B.A.S.E. Jumper.png Item icon Iron Bomber.png

As a crafting ingredient

Loch-n-Load Reclaimed Metal Loose Cannon
Item icon Loch-n-Load.pngx3 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Loose Cannon.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Blind Fire
Blind Fire
Destroy an Engineer building that you can't see with a direct hit from your Grenade Launcher.

Bloody Merry
Bloody Merry
Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of your smiling face.
Laddy Macdeth
Laddy Macdeth
Kill 50 enemies with direct hits from the Grenade Launcher.

Update history

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)
  • The Loch-n-Load was added to the game.

December 21, 2010 Patch

January 7, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] This weapon was given a unique kill icon, but was not implemented.

January 10, 2011 Patch

  • The Loch-n-Load's kill icon was implemented.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on Medieval maps for items that are not allowed in medieval mode.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The crafting cost of the Loch-n-Load was changed from 2 Reclaimed Metal and a Scottish Resistance to 1 Reclaimed Metal and a Scottish Resistance.
  • All Loch-n-Loads crafted before this patch were upgraded to Vintage quality.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Damage increased by 10%.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage bonus attribute was changed from "+20% damage done" to "+20% damage bonus".

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Fixed Demoman weapons primary/secondary being backwards in the loadout screen.

November 22, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the Loch-n-Load death notice icon not being displayed correctly.

February 23, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

April 18, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a server crash caused by the Loch-n-Load.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Reduced the clip size penalty from -60% to -50%.
    • Weapon functionality is unchanged.

July 24, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Loch-n-Load gun sight not drawing in the correct place.

November 12, 2013 Patch

June 18, 2014 Patch

  • Updated Loch-n-Load reload animation.

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)

  • Changes to base grenade damage variance now ensure the Loch-n-Load does not exceed 124 damage on a single hit.
  • Removed +25% self-damage penalty.
  • Added -25% radius penalty.
  • Changed clipsize penalty to -25% (3 grenades per clip) from -50% (2 grenades per clip).
  • Loch-n-Load grenades no longer visually tumble when fired.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Changed +20% damage bonus to +20% damage against buildings.

July 7, 2016 Patch #1 (Meet Your Match Update)

  • [Undocumented] Updated firing sound.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)


  • The weapon attributes do not mention that launched grenades do not tumble mid-flight.


  • As with the Grenade Launcher, the Loch-n-Load seems to be based on the M79 Grenade Launcher, except it has been modified with the addition of a second barrel. The two barrels are similar to the China Lake Grenade Launcher.
  • The Loch-n-Load's name is a pun on the phrase "Lock and Load", a cliché originating from the process of preparing a weapon for firing. "Loch" is a Scots and Scottish English word for lake.
    • The Loch-n-Load name's also could be a reference to its similarities to the China Lake Grenade Launcher or the Demoman's obsession to blow up the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Unlike the Grenade Launcher, the Demoman holds the end of the Loch-n-Load slightly above the crosshair, giving the appearance of firing at an arc. This does not affect the grenade's trajectory.


See also