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…

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Vest full of ammunition for the M79 Grenade Launcher. This is the type of vest I had in Vietnam for my launcher; RB

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American soldier armed with an M79 grenade launcher crosses a field. Photographed by Eddie Adams.

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