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#1 atc310r

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 04:56 PM

I was just wondering if anyone processed one of these grenade launchers? Sadly I have never had the chance to see a real one in person, let alone fire one!

I know you can still buy 40mm paint or dummy rounds for these guns, it would love to see a good video of one in action. All the videos on yourtube I have found are not much to look at.....


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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:48 PM

QUOTE (atc310r @ Dec 3 2009, 04:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was just wondering if anyone processed one of these grenade launchers? Sadly I have never had the chance to see a real one in person, let alone fire one!

I know you can still buy 40mm paint or dummy rounds for these guns, it would love to see a good video of one in action. All the videos on yourtube I have found are not much to look at.....




My buddy has a knarr m79 4 sale, for 6500.00
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#3 atc310r

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:44 PM

I can't find any information online about a "knarr m79", care to elaborate? rolleyes.gif
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 03:09 PM

QUOTE (atc310r @ Dec 21 2009, 10:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can't find any information online about a "knarr m79", care to elaborate? rolleyes.gif




http://en.wikipedia....renade_launcher

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#5 atc310r

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 10:36 AM

Oh okay so Kanarr was one of the manufactures of the M79 originally!
Thank you!
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:30 AM

I have a TRW M79. I enjoy it.





http://www.youtube.c...h?v=GUi-ACcBoJs
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 10:44 PM

Action Mfg. outta Phildelphia PA. It needs a tune up as its almost as worn and old as me. Sorry, no photos or videos handy (but it looks amazingly like David's TRW). Finding original parts and rounds (besides crappy blue tip M781) is half the fun of ownership.

Edited by Waffen Und Bier, 05 January 2010 - 10:46 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:50 AM

I may be mistaken on this, but if I remember correctly, you could also buy one of those 37mm flare guns in either a M203 or M79 configeration.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 11:59 AM

Yes, one here.
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:32 AM

QUOTE (atc310r @ Dec 3 2009, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was just wondering if anyone processed one of these grenade launchers? Sadly I have never had the chance to see a real one in person, let alone fire one!

I know you can still buy 40mm paint or dummy rounds for these guns, it would love to see a good video of one in action. All the videos on yourtube I have found are not much to look at.....


I don't own one, but had the opportunity to fire one while on my last ship. I think the other services have long since replaced them with the M203s, but Navy ships still carry M79s (also some M14s and M60s). Sadly, the round expenditure limits for training are rather low, so we don't shoot them very often. They are a very impressive weapon.
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Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:50 PM

I can't find any information online about a "knarr m79", care to elaborate? rolleyes.gif

There are several articles on M79s in SAR, a recent one was only in their sister magazine SADJ (Small Arms Defense Journal)

Most of the M79's in private hands seem to be Kanaar. The GI chalk rounds are becoming rare and expensive $10-$15 per round. However you can load your own. 

 

Video of a Kanarr M79

 

https://youtu.be/8uKZRdMnQPA

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 04:03 PM

I may be mistaken on this, but if I remember correctly, you could also buy one of those 37mm flare guns in either a M203 or M79 configeration.

Jay

Spike's Tactical makes an accurate 37mm unrestricted copy of the M79 (see recent SAR article) The biggest difference between a real M79 and spikes is the weight. An original M79 has an aluminum barrel, an M79 weighs only 6-pounds , Spikes barrel is steel, total weight is 9.5 pounds. 

 

https://www.smallarm...idarticles=4145


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Posted 14 July 2019 - 04:07 PM

QUOTE (atc310r @ Dec 21 2009, 10:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can't find any information online about a "knarr m79", care to elaborate? rolleyes.gif

From a SAR article:  As was done with the M14 rifle, the M79 was to be designed and placed in limited production at the Springfield Armory, but most of the production was to be awarded to civilian contractors. This caused a lot of animosity between the employees of the Springfield Armory and the government.  During 1961, contracts were awarded to private industry for the manufacture of the M79 Grenade Launcher: Contract DA-11-1199-ORD-736, to the Action Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kanarr Corporation. of Kingston, Pennsylvania, DA-l l-199-AMC-715. The Action Manufacturing Company contract was reportedly terminated in December 1965. Another contract DA-11-199-ORD-730 was awarded to the Exotic Metal Products, Pasadena, California. Although Exotic Metal Products is listed in government records as a manufacturer, it is unknown if any M79s were produced by that company. During 1966, a new contract for M79 production was awarded to Thompson-Ramo-Woolridge (TRW).


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Posted 15 July 2019 - 09:46 AM

I wanted to get an M79 or M203, but because M781 is not available anymore it is no longer on my list, maybe one day, but just cant see myself buying one just to shoot pistol or shotgun rounds from it.


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:30 AM

I wanted to get an M79 or M203, but because M781 is not available anymore it is no longer on my list, maybe one day, but just cant see myself buying one just to shoot pistol or shotgun rounds from it.

You can get a variety of reloadable shells from: reloadableshells.com

You can fire flares, smoke, bird bangers etc.  

He also sells the M212 casings that can be loaded with the chalk round cones and zinc pushers.


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:05 PM

I wanted to get an M79 or M203, but because M781 is not available anymore it is no longer on my list, maybe one day, but just cant see myself buying one just to shoot pistol or shotgun rounds from it.

It's available you just have to ask around. 


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 12:18 PM

UNAMMO <sales@unammo.com>

 

UNAMMO just got some M781 in at $13/round. 


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 07:45 PM

Very good, thank you.  I like the little blurb they put in there.


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Posted 04 August 2019 - 02:10 AM

I got one about 25 years ago. Its tucked away in New Zealand. It reputably came out of Vietnam, not sure how much truth there is to that.

It has a plastic butt with a wooden forend.

I don't recall the manufacturer.

 

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:42 PM

they are cool little guns  the 37mm ones are not "exactly" like the originals, but close. I traded some stuff back in the old days for a set of 4 of the originals, one each mfg. the one I kept is below. I thought it  bit unusual being an "XM79" and the SN being what it was. Fun to shoot. We had them in the Armory when I was in the Navy, but it was a "special" Armory and not general issue.  the "Small boat unit" boys I worked with had cut down ones. I have a couple of M203s as well. Personally the M203 is a tad hard to carry and handles poorly. Last pic is the M203 I had on my "work" gun as needed. Used for Gas, Smoke and sting ball (riot ) rounds. I used the Knight's QD mount and only used the M203 when I knew I would need to.

 

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