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M-79 Grenade Launcher

The 40mm M-79 Grenade Launcher was a single shot weapon that could fire high- explosives and smoke grenades up to a maximum of 350 meters. The grenade launcher seemed to be favored, as perhaps more of a psychological weapon among the troops, who often felt isolated and exposed at the outlying firebases. The M-79 was dangerous to use at close range, which left grenadiers defenseless at short range, therefore the M203 was developed, which attached directly to the M-16 rifle.