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.
The M79 has a large blast radius and very high damage, making it very effective against infantry. In close quarters, although it's potentially harmful to the user, aiming it is barely even required to have a kill on an enemy. At long ranges, the M79's grenade has a huge arc in its trajectory, making it difficult to use, but this can also help in using it like a mortar, sometimes even shooting blankly at a choke point can result in a few kills.
Against vehicles, the M79 can easily kill everyone inside a jeep. It can't destroy a tank on its own, but, with enough damage from anti-tank weapons being inflicted, the M79 can aid in destroying a tank. It's relatively ineffective against helicopters, because the slow velocity of the grenade and the arcing path can make it near impossible to hit a helicopter.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam Edit
94 (base damage against tanks)
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.