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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-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.
|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)|
|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)|
|Sights||Blade and leaf type|
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