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  U.S. Patent: 5235771 - Hand held grenade launcher - August 17, 1993
A grenade launcher as in claim 1 wherein the means for fixedly attaching the launcher unit to the receiver adapter further includes a locking screw positioned in a locking screw hole of the adapter rod and extending into a portion of the launcher unit frame.
A grenade launcher as in claim 9 further comprising a handguard rod connected to the adapter rod to retain the handguard with the receiver adapter.
discloses a grenade launcher that is mountable to the underside of a rifle at its barrel.
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Grenade launchers are used as a close support weapon for infantry, intended to bridge the gap between the maximum throwing distance of a hand grenade and the closest range of supporting mortar fire.
The M7 grenade launcher, available in 1943, was designed for use with the M1 Garand rifle as in the drawing to the left.
Disassembly diagram for the M79 40 MM Grenade Launcher.
www.olive-drab.com /od_infweapons_grenade_launchers.php   (507 words)

In Russia, the WWI Mosin-Nagan 91 rifle grenade launcher was mounted on the bayonet as a grenade launcher cup.
Using a hinged clamp, the grenade launcher was attached to the bayonet lug and gas cylinder valve screw.
The M79 is a single shot, shoulder fired grenade launcher with a break-barrel loader that fired a spherical 40mm grenade.
grenadelauncher.com   (2452 words)

 "BLOOPER" THE M-79 GRENADE LAUNCHER:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The M79 was designed as a close support weapon for the infantry, and was intended to bridge the gap between the maximum throwing distance of a hand grenade, and the lowest range of supporting mortar fire.
The M79 was a single shot, shoulder fired, break-barrel loading weapon which fired a spherical 40mm diameter grenade.
Later in the war the M79 was superseded by the M203 40mm launcher which was fixed beneath the foregrip of the M16 rifle.
www.diddybop.demon.co.uk /blooper.htm   (399 words)

 M79 40mm Grenade Launcher
The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, break-open, breech-loading, shoulder-fired weapon.
The rifling in the barrel causes the grenade to rotate.
The M79 grenade launcher does not eject rounds automatically; you must remove the expended cartridge case or live round from the barrel.
www.inetres.com /gp/military/infantry/grenade/M79.html   (794 words)

 Colt M203
It is a single-shot, 40mm calibre grenade launcher, however, many other types of munitions have been developed for it over the years, two of the most popular alternatives are flares and "canister" rounds, essentially overgrown versions of a shotgun buckshot round.
The grenades also incorporate an arming system which requires a certain number of rotations (imparted by the rifled barrel) before the grenade goes "live" and can explode, the minimum distance the grenade has to travel is about 25 metres (the grenade has a wounding radius of about 5 metres).
Grenade launchers are banned by Section 5(1A)(c) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) but there is an exemption for collectors in Section 5A(1).
www.cybershooters.org /dgca/colt_m203.htm   (1486 words)

 Modern Firearms - M79 40mm grenade launcher
The story of a "Thumper" or "Blooper" (both were unofficial nick-names for M79) began in 1951, when the US Army recognized the need to fill the gap between the maximum range of a had-thrown grenades (about 50 meters) and the minimum range of 60mm mortars (about 400 meters).
The key downside to the M79 was that it required the grenadier to carry an additional personal defense weapon, such as pistol or a submachine gun.
This inconvenience was the key reason for development of the M203 underbarrel grenade launcher, which superceded the M79 in the service since early 1970s.
world.guns.ru /grenade/gl06-e.htm   (679 words)

The combination M16A1 automatic rifle and M203 (a version of the M79) grenade launcher was produced to avoid the problem of a Grenadier having to carry a grenade launcher as well as a weapon for personal protection and hence allowing him to also function as a rifleman.
The 40mm grenade launcher was used to provide additional fire support for the infantry by delivering high explosive, parachute flares and canister rounds.
The M-406 40mm HE grenades fired from the M79 traveled at a muzzle velocity of 75 meters per second, and contained enough explosive within a steel casing that upon impact with the target would produce over 300 fragments at 1,524 meters per second within a lethal radius of up to 5 meters.
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 Special Operations.Com
The M79 grenade launcher was designed to fire a 40mm grenade more accurately than when fired from a rifle grenade launcher.
The secret to the success of the M79 was a high-low pressure system that allowed the propellant to develop a relatively high pressure in, a high-pressure chamber, before venting gases into a low pressure chamber in the grenade cartridge case.
The M203 grenade launcher is a single-shot weapon designed for use with the M16 series rifle and fires a 40mm grenade.
www.specialoperations.com /Weapons/Grenade_Launchers.htm   (316 words)

 M203 Grenade Launcher   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Grenade Launcher is manufactured by at least Colt, Bushmaster, and Knight Manufacturing in the United States and is also manufactured ouside the United States.
The launcher consists of a hand guard and sight assembly with an adjustable metallic folding, short-range blade sight assembly, and an aluminum receiver assembly which houses the barrel latch, barrel stop and firing mechanism.
The launcher also has a quadrant sight which may be attached to the M16 carrying handle and is used when precision is required out to the maximum effective range of the weapon.
www.kitsune.addr.com /Firearms/Heavy/M203.htm   (291 words)

 FM 23-31 Appendix A - 40-MM Grenade Launcher, M79
The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, break-open, breech-loading, shoulder-fired weapon (Figure A-1).
To fire the launcher, ensure the safety is positioned forward (A, Figure A-5), with the letter "F" visible near the rear of the safety.
The M79 grenade launcher does not eject rounds automatically; remove the expended cartridge case or live round from the barrel (Figure A-17).
www.biggerhammer.net /manuals/23-31/f2331_9.htm   (4061 words)

 Grenade Launchers
Describe the controls of the M79 grenade launcher and explain the operating procedure.
Cartridges used with the M79 grenade launcher are shown in figure 8-39.
When firing grenades at targets within battle sight ranges (50 to 80 meters or 165 to 265 feet), the operator must be in a protected position.
www.tpub.com /maa/94.htm   (575 words)

 Unisystem: Expanded Combat Rules
The M203 grenade launcher is a lightweight, single-shot, breech-loaded, pump-action (sliding barrel), shoulder-fired (whew!) weapon which must be attached to a M16, M16A1 or M16A2 rifle.
The grenade is designed to "bounce" 1 to 3 meters into the air (via a light explosive) and then explode, peppering personnel within the blast area with high-velocity shrapnel.
The star cluster grenade is mostly used defensively to blind enemies during nighttime combat by destroying their natural night vision and overloading their low-light (starlight) scopes and goggles, as its hang-time is short.
www.edenstudios.net /unisystem/grenades.htm   (2837 words)

 USMC weapons 1965
A slide-on bipod could be provided, and the rifle fitted the M-76 grenade launcher which was slipped on to the flash suppressor and secured to the bayonet lug.
A grenade works exactly the same way, the main essential difference being that the grenade's fuze is lighted by a mechanical device rather than a match.
When the grenade is thrown (safety lever released), a spring throws off the safety lever and rotates the striker into the primer.
www.duprel.com /usmcgeocitiespaid/weapons.html   (5393 words)

 Grenade launcher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A grenade launcher is a weapon that launches a grenade greater distances, more accurately, and faster than a soldier could throw by hand.
Some armored fighting vehicles also mount grenade launchers as a means of defense, usually firing smoke grenades to conceal the vehicle behind a smoke screen, though can also be loaded with chaff, flares, or anti-personnel grenades to repel infantry attacks.
The man-portable grenade launcher can either come in the form of a standalone weapon (either single-shot or repeating weapons, the latter resembling a large revolver); or an underbarrel weapon which is permanently mounted to the rifle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Grenade_launcher   (649 words)

 M79 grenade launcher
The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, break-open, shoulder-fired weapon.
It is breech-loading and fires a 40mm grenade.
The M203 was designed and procured as the replacement for the M79 grenade launcher of the Vietnam era.
www.fas.org /man/dod-101/sys/land/m79.htm   (49 words)

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M79 recoilless rifle, a recoilless rifle of Yugoslavia
M79 rocket launcher, a rocket launcher highly used in former Soviet-bloc countries.
www.forensico.com /For-List_of_Firearms_M-/M79.html   (254 words)

 M79 grenade launcher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The M79 is a 40 x 46 mm grenade launcher that first appeared during the Vietnam war.
The M79 was a product of the failure of Project NIBLICK to create an envisioned multi-shot 40 mm system for which the cartridge had originally been designed.
The M79 is a single-shot, shoulder fired, break-action weapon which fired a spherical 40 mm diameter breech-loaded grenade.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/M79_Grenade_launcher   (865 words)

 M79 grenade launcher
Designed to close the gap between the maximum range of a hand grenade and the minimum range of a mortar, the lightweight M79 fired a 40-mm high-explosive fragmentation projectile to a range of approximately 400 meters.
The grenades were thus safe from accidental detonation from a bump or fall, or if struck by a bullet.
By 1969 the new M79 grenade launcher was supplanted by the even newer M203 grenade launcher attached to the M16 rifle—adding three pounds to its weight.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/systems/ground/m79.htm   (621 words)

Weighing 2.37-kg (5.2 pounds) complete, the LAW was designed as a discardable one-man rocket launcher primarily for use as an anti-tank weapon.
When the trigger was pulled, a small electrical current ignited the rocket motor and propelled the rocket forward, leaving a large and dangerous back-blast area to the rear of the launcher.
Measuring 1,346-mm (53-inches) in length and weighing in at a hefty 16-kg (35-lbs), the M-67 was intended for use against AFV's and bunkers as a portable crew served weapon.
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Two slide keepers on the reverse of the pouch attached it to the pistol belt, whilst a strap with a snap hook attached the pouch to a square ring on the front of the suspenders which helped bear the load.
Stabilized in flight by the spin imparted on it by the rifled barrel the grenade rotated at 3,700rpm, this in turn after 15 meters(?) of flight armed the grenade.
Upon bursting this grenade was supposed to have had a 50 per cent hit probability against targets standing out in the open.
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 The M-79 Grenade Launcher   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
An alternate infantry weapon was the M-79 grenade launcher.
The favored projectiles were the grenade and the canister round.
The grenade, smaller and not as powerful as our fragmentation grenade, was thrown several hundred yards.
www.i-kirk.info /tales/vnr03.html   (428 words)

 FM 23-31 Appendix A - 40-MM Grenade Launcher, M79
The M79 grenade launcher uses standard M203 grenade launcher ammunition, which is issued IAW unit SOP.
Although the M79 grenade launcher is designed for direct fire, it can be used to place HE fragmentation fire on area targets that cannot be observed.
Firing any 40-mm grenade launcher round in the indirect-fire role doubles the time required for the round to reach the target.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/policy/army/fm/23-31/f2331_9.htm   (4075 words)

 M76 Grenade Launcher and Its Predecessors
The launcher was packed in a fl cardboard tube, which is indicative of many of Springfield Armory's contracts from that time period.
Thanks to long time grenade launcher collector, Tom Tangen, here is an M76 packed in a tube marked Batch No 6, from July of 1961.
The other grenade launcher, whose "T" designation is unknown at this time, has a 360 degree grenade retaining spring.
www.billricca.com /m76_gren_launcher.htm   (708 words)

 Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site » M79
The M79 Grenade Launcher was developed in the late '50s and early 60's for use by the United States Army.
The M79 was found to be very effective in these situations, especially in Vietnam, where its light weight and small size made it very easy to use in the claustrophobic wilderness.
It was replaced in the early 1970's by the M203 grenade launcher.
www.metalgearsolid.org /show_weapons_mg.php?id=333   (247 words)

 M79 Cannon
The M-79 project used this actual photo of an M79 Grenade Launcher to build a prototype paint cannon.
The M79 paint cannon is a 12 gram type with an actual stained wood stock, trigger loop, sights, fore grip assembly and sling.
The M79 is basically the same as my first 12 gram cannon, the M72 LAW rocket, with the addition of the wood stock and PVC foregrip.
www.alternativepaintball.com /m79.htm   (191 words)

 The M203 Grenade Launcher
The M203 was designed as the replacement for the M79 grenade launcher used in the Vietnam era.
He was given a grenade by Sgt. Nunez and was instructed to place it in the breach for loading, and he did so.
I was never made aware of the official explanation of why the grenade went off, however, with most of the weapon system destroyed, and the round expended, it must have been difficult to determine an exact cause.
www.usmcweapons.com /articles/M203/M203NF.htm   (2034 words)

 Modern Firearms - EX-41 multi-shot grenade launcher (China Lake)
The idea of a multi-shot 40mm grenade launcher came of a combat experience, gained by US troops in Vietnam.
They were using single-shot M79 grenade launchers to great effect, but often found M9 to be too slow in reloading, such as in ambush / counter ambush situations.
Sights were of open type, same as on M79 grenade launcher.
world.guns.ru /grenade/gl28-e.htm   (339 words)

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