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M79
M79
M79 with the leaf-type sight unfolded.

Type

Grenade launcher

Place of origin

United States

In service

1961-present

Wars

Vietnam War

Cambodian Civil War

Falklands War

Iraq War

Designer

Springfield Armory

Designed

1953-1960

Manufacturer

Springfield Armory Action Manufacturing Company Exotic Metal Products Kanarr Corporation Thompson-Ramo-Woolridge

Produced

1961-1971

Cartridge

40x46mm grenade

Feed system

Breech-loaded

The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher which fires a 40x46mm grenade which used what the US Army called the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low, and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive report, it earned the nicknames of "Thumper", "Thump-Gun", "Bloop Tube" and "Blooper" among American soldiers; Australian units referred to it as the "Wombat Gun". The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm rounds, including explosive, anti-personnel, smoke, buckshot, flechette, and illumination. While largely replaced by the M203, the M79 has remained in service in many units worldwide in niche roles.

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