M79 grenade launcher

The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that fires a 40x46mm grenade which uses what the US Army calls the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low, and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive report, it has 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-personnelsmokebuckshotflechette, and illumination. While largely replaced by the M203, the M79 has remained in service in many units worldwide in niche roles.

Specifications
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 40x46mm grenade
Action Break-action
Rate of fire 6 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 76 m/s (247 ft/s)
Effective range 350 m (383 yd)
Maximum range 400 m (437 yd)
Feed system breech-loaded
Sights Blade and leaf type

Source

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