Grenade launcher

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FO: New VegasGrenade launcher
Grenade rifle
Mercenary's grenade rifle
Great Bear grenade rifle
Red Victory grenade rifle
Grenade machinegun
Fallout 76M79 grenade launcher
Auto grenade launcher
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Grenade pistol
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A grenade launcher is a weapon that launches a grenade with more accuracy, higher velocity and to greater distances than a soldier could throw it by hand. Grenade launchers can come in various forms and types from pistols to fully automatic machine-gun variants, all being man-portable weapons firing grenade rounds.

Models[edit | edit source]

Grenade rifle[edit | edit source]

Gameplay article:

The grenade rifle is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that fires a 40mm grenade. Visually, it resembles a large bore, break-action, sawed-off shotgun, and is simple in design, having only five parts: a receiver group, a fore-end assembly, a barrel group, a sight assembly, and a stock. The fore-end assembly beds the barrel to the receiver.

The front sight is a fixed blade, while the rear sight on the rifle is a folding ladder-style leaf-type sight. When folded, the leaf sight acts as a fixed sight for close range. It is, significantly lighter than its pump-action brother, the grenade launcher.

Pump-action grenade launcher[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:

A pump-action weapon with a tubular magazine holding four 40mm grenades, the grenade launcher is an excellent tool for delivering explosives over long distances. Leaf iron sights similar to the grenade rifle are mounted on it. The front sight is a fixed square notch.

While the feed system makes the launcher significantly heavier than a standard grenade rifle, the launcher's body makes an excellent platform for experimental energy weapon conversions.

Automatic grenade launcher[edit | edit source]

Gameplay articles:

The automatic grenade launcher, sometimes referred to as a grenade machinegun, is a belt-fed, blowback-operated, air-cooled automatic weapon designed to lay down a heavy volume of explosive ordnance and support infantry and vehicle operations. Designed for use as a crew-served weapon, the automatic grenade launcher was intended for use against a variety of targets ranging from infantry and light vehicles to fortifications and other materiel. The sheer weight of the weapon and bulk of the ammunition limited its versatility, until the advent of power armor. Since then, many units were converted for use on foot, rather than from a tripod.[1]

U.S. automatic grenade launchers were manufactured in two major variants, accepting 25mm and 40mm grenades, together with a variety of additional equipment, such as an electronic fire control system (though most of these systems have failed in the decades after the war, becoming little more than dead weight).[2]

M79 grenade launcher[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay articles:

M79 grenade launcher. A single shot grenade launcher.

Grenade pistol[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:

Single Shot Grenade Pistol. Heavily modified flare-gun, chambered to fire a 40mm grenade.

Combat grenade launcher[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article: Grenade launcher (Fallout 3)

A grenade launcher that looks exactly like a combat shotgun but used frag grenades instead of shotgun shells for ammunition.

Heckler[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:

A semi-automatic magazine-fed grenade launcher.


  1. Appearance of the weapon and parallels with the Mark 19 Mod 3 automatic grenade launcher.
  2. Automatic grenade launchers in the games.