M-79 Grenade Launcher

SPECIFICATIONS
Caliber: 40 mm
Length: 29 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
Ammo weight: 8 onces per grenade
Action: Single shot
Muzzle velocity: 76 meters per second
Max range: 400 meters

The 40 mm M-79 grenade launcher, is a single shot, break open, breech loading, weapon for firing anti personnel grenades up to 400 meters with good accuracy, depending upon the ability of the operator. There are a variety of grenades available but commonly, the HE round was carried. Ammo was usually carried in bandoleers but sometimes in ammo pouches. This weapon was used at LZ Albany.