M79

Silhouette (Visual identification)

M79
Category Hand-held under-barrel and Mounted Grenade Launchers
Operating System Break-action
Cartridge
Length 731 mm
Feeding breech-loaded

Many different ammunition types were produced for the M79 (and subsequently for the M203), outside of the smoke and illumination rounds three main types emerged: Explosive, Close-range and Non Lethal Crowed Control.

Global distribution map

Weapon prevalence origin Country of origin licensed Licensed production unauthorized Production without a license
X
Scale dependend aggregation of production sites

The M79 is found in 48 countries

This map is a reflection of data on global distribution and production provided primarily by the BwVC. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.


Global distribution list

The data on global distribution and production is provided primarily by the BwVC, but also from national and regional focal points on SALW control; data published by think tanks, international organizations and experts; and/or data provided by individual researchers on SALW. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.

Origin Country of origin
Production Licensed production
Non-Licensed Production Production without a licence
G Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.
N Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.
U Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.

It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a N, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X with non-Governmental armed groups.

Australia (AUS)
G
Brazil (BRA)
G
Cambodia (KHM)
G
Chad (TCD)
G
Colombia (COL)
G
Costa Rica (CRI)
G
G
El Salvador (SLV)
G
Eritrea (ERI)
G
Ethiopia (ETH)
G
Fiji (FJI)
G
Germany (DEU)
U
Greece (GRC)
G
Guatemala (GTM)
G
Haiti (HTI)
G
Honduras (HND)
G
Indonesia (IDN)
G
Iran (IRN)
G
Iraq (IRQ)
G
N
Ireland (IRL)
G
Israel (ISR)
G
Jamaica (JAM)
G
Jordan (JOR)
G
Kenya (KEN)
G
Lebanon (LBN)
G
Libya (LBY)
U
Malaysia (MYS)
G
Mexico (MEX)
G
Montenegro (MNE)
G
G
New Zealand (NZL)
G
Nicaragua (NIC)
G
Oman (OMN)
G
Paraguay (PRY)
G
Philippines (PHL)
G
Portugal (PRT)
G
G
Saudi Arabia (SAU)
G
Somalia (SOM)
G
South Korea (KOR)
O
G
Spain (ESP)
G
Syria (SYR)
N
Taiwan (TWN)
G
Thailand (THA)
G
Turkey (TUR)
G
O
G
Vietnam (VNM)
G
Yemen (YEM)
G

Visual identification (Silhouette)

M79 (2)