The M79, also known as the "Thumper" or "Bloop Tube" for its distinctive firing sound, is an American 40mm shoulder-fired grenade launcher designed by the Springfield Armory in 1960. It was widely used during the Vietnam conflict, although quickly replaced by the M203 in later years. During the its time in service, there was an average of one M79 for every ten man squad.
In Battlefield Vietnam, the M79 is issued to the American Heavy Assault kit. It has a single round per reload and has 5 grenades in reserve. It is mainly a weapon for anti-infantry purposes, but it can also be used to some effect against light vehicles and even tanks.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam Edit
94 (base damage against tanks)
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the M79 is issued as a gadget to the Assault kit. It is the equivalent of the 40mm Grenade from the base game. Like the version in Battlefield Vietnam, it has a yellow striped camouflage.
The M79, compared to the 40mm Grenade Launchers from the base game, is more difficult to use effectively due to the ineffective iron-sights. On the positive side, the M79 is quieter than the 40mm Grenade Launchers, and has a faster reload time as well.
- The M79 has a tiger-stripe camouflage pattern on it. This is a reference to the Vietnam war movie, Apocalypse Now.