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NOTE: This article is about the M79 grenade launcher in ArmA 2's Operation Arrowhead expansion pack. For M79s featured in ArmA 3's S.O.G. Prairie Fire Creator DLC, see M79 (S.O.G.).

« The M79 grenade launcher Thumper is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, Break-action grenade launcher which fires a 40mm grenades and first appeared during the Vietnam War.
The M79 is currently largely replaced by M203, it still remains in service in many armies worldwide.
Armoury Description

Faction Icon-side-factionless.png None
Type Grenade Launcher
Calibre 40 mm
Variants None
The M79 grenade launcher.

The M79 is a 40 mm grenade launcher that remains unused by any faction in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.


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The M79 is a single-shot grenade launcher with a break-action operation. It is designed to fire 40 mm grenade rounds.

It can only load individual 40 mm grenade rounds also shared by rifle-mounted underbarrel grenade launchers. It has a maximum fire rate of up to 120 rounds per minute, and uses a folding ladder leaf sight that is accurate up to a maximum distance of 375 metres.

The M79 can load several types of grenade rounds with different kinds of warheads, ranging from basic high-explosive (HE), to coloured smoke, as well as flare shells for illumination and signalling purposes.

An anti-government rebel prepares to fire the M79 on a Takistani Army BRDM-2.

Like all single-shot grenade launchers the M79 must be reloaded after every shot, which significantly limits its fire rate. In addition, the operator is restricted to carrying an absolute maximum of eight grenades at all times (unless they choose to bring a backpack), which simultaneously prevents them from being able to carry magazines for a sidearm.

To make matters worse, the M79 is treated as a primary weapon but uses ammunition that occupies secondary weapon slots. On top of preventing the use of a sidearm since all of the slots are taken up by the M79's grenades, this prevents the user from being able to defend themselves if enemies get inside the M79's minimum range or if they run out of ammunition; whichever occurs first.

Needless to say, all these factors combined contribute to the M79 being a completely redundant weapon regardless of the situation. There is little reason to wield the M79 unless there's no alternative to using it.


Main article: Underbarrel grenade launcher (ArmA 2)#Grenade types (M203)


  • Along with the Sa-61 Scorpion, the M79 is one of the few weapons in ArmA 2 that remains unused by any in-game faction, though it can still be assigned to units through the use of scripting commands.


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Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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