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The M79 and XM148 grenade launchers were single-shot, and the repeating T148E1 grenade launcher was unreliable, so a request was made to China Lake engineers. SEAL Teams were pleased with the resultant pump-action grenade launcher, since the tubular magazine held three 40x46mm grenades, and so with one grenade in the chamber, four grenades could be fired rapidly before reloading. In fact, a skilled operator could fire four aimed shots before the first one landed.


Two Vietnamese children, huddling against a canal bank for protection from Viet Cong sniper fire, gaze at an American paratrooper's M79 grenade launcher on New Year's Day, 1966, near Bao Trai. - (Vietnam pics by Horst Faas)