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About the M79 Grenade Launcher

The M79 is a shoulder-fired, single-shot grenade launcher. It uses what the US army calls the “High-Low Propulsion System”, firing 40x46mm grenades. It makes a very distinctive sound which has resulted in numerous nicknames for it including “Thumper”, “Blooper” and, among the Australians, “Wombat Gun”.

It can fire a variety of different 40mm rounds including explosive, anti-personnel, buckshot, smoke, and flechette.

Specifications Of The M79

  • Weight: 2.93 kg (6.45 lb) loaded
  • 2.7 kg (5.95 lb) empty
  • Length: 73.1 cm (28.78 in)
  • Barrel length 35.7 cm (14 in)
  • Cartridge: 40×46mm grenade
  • Action: Break-action
  • Rate of fire: 6 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 76 m/s (247 ft/s)
  • Effective firing range: 350 m (383 yd)
  • Maximum firing range: 400 m (437 yd)
  • Feed system: Breech-loaded
  • Sights: Blade and leaf type

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