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The M79 grenade launcher isn't perfect, but soldiers love it anyway

The M79 grenade launcher isn't perfect but soldiers love it anyway

U.S. soldier and Vietnamese civilians take cover in a canal. The soldier is armed with an M79 grenade launcher.

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;[1] Australian units referred to it as the "Wombat Gun".[2] The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm…


M79 Grenade Launcher As one of the best marksmen in my company, I was assigned this M79 grenade launcher while serving with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam. It was not considered a great thing to have, as it made you something of a target for the enemy. (Photo by James Salvas on Flickr)