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U.S. Grenade Launchers

By Gordon L. Rottman
RELATED TOPICS: BOOK | MILITARY
FSMNP1117_10
Comments: Softcover, 80 pages, all color photos

ISBN:
9781472819529

Price:
$20

Publisher:
Osprey Publishing


From the publisher:
To provide U.S. infantryman with more firepower to cover the range gap between the hand grenade and the light mortar, the 40mm M79 grenade launcher — a shoulder-fired, single-shot weapon — entered service with U.S. forces in 1961.

Reliable, easy to use, and lethally effective, the M79 soon became an image of the Vietnam War and had a profound influence on small-unit tactics. As the Vietnam conflict continued, the M79 was joined on the front lines by experimental models, such as the magazine-fed T148E1, as well as two launchers intended to be fitted under the barrel of the new M16 assault rifle: Colt’s XM148 and AAI Corporation’s M203.

The M203 remains in U.S. Army service today, while the U.S. Marine Corps now also fields the M32 multiple grenade launcher — like the M79, a stand-alone weapon. This is the story of the rugged and formidable grenade launchers that equipped the United States and its allies in Vietnam and beyond, from the 1960s to the present day.


FSM says:
Figure modelers will appreciate the close look at the weapons and equipment, and diorama builders will find inspiration in the contextual photos.

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