Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DEFCOM XL 79 Composite Grenade Launcher

© 2009 Albert A Rasch and
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Thanks to Steve at The Firearm Blog I have learned of a new 40mm grenade launcher, the DEFCOM XL 79 COMPOSITE.

"The DEFCOM XL 79 COMPOSITE is essentially a M79 that has been brought into the 21st century. It weighs 1.41 kg, about half of the original metal-and-wood M79.

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The Defcom M79 type product improved grenade launcher receiver, barrel shroud, stock, and front hand guard are manufactured from composite materials. Double action trigger with shotgun-type safety. Matte finish colors: black, desert sand, or woodland green. Top of barrel fitted with MIL_STD 1913 Picatinny rail system. Rear sight is a detachable flip-up scale graduated to 425 meters. Front sight is fixed. Fixed stock launcher has two (2) sling swivels, folding stock has a third swivel mounted on stock hinge. Ambidextrous safety and barrel latch. M16 style pistol grip."

Having had the opportunity to use the "Blooper" in the early Eighties, I appreciate the convenience of having a stand alone launcher, as opposed to the underbarrel M203. And at about 3 pounds, it would be a welcome addition to a soldier's payload.

Having said that, I would have to give thought to the appropriate tactical considerations of its use. Just because I loved the M79 back in the day, and I didn't mind the additional weight, does not mean that a single shot, break action grenade launcher is a good fit for today's combat environment. Though I am willing to bet the fellows at COP Keating would have loved to have their hands on a few of these bad boys a couple of Mondays ago...

Again a thanks to Steve at The Firearms Blog

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