|This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.|
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]
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.
- For the unique grenade rifle found in Fallout: New Vegas, see: Thump-Thump.
- For the Mercenary Pack pre-order exclusive add-on grenade rifle in Fallout: New Vegas, see: Mercenary's grenade rifle.
- For Lonesome Road's grenade rifles, see Great Bear grenade rifle and Red Victory grenade rifle.
Pump-action grenade launcher[edit | edit source]
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.
Automatic grenade launcher[edit | edit source]
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.
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).
M79 grenade launcher[edit | edit source]
M79 grenade launcher. A single shot grenade launcher.
Grenade pistol[edit | edit source]
|The following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.|
Single Shot Grenade Pistol. Heavily modified flare-gun, chambered to fire a 40mm grenade.
Combat grenade launcher[edit | edit source]
|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
- Gameplay article: Grenade launcher (Fallout 3)
Heckler[edit | edit source]
|The following is based on Fallout Tactics cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
A semi-automatic magazine-fed grenade launcher.
- Appearance of the weapon and parallels with the Mark 19 Mod 3 automatic grenade launcher.
- Automatic grenade launchers in the games.