M79 Grenade Launcher

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Cover Image: Sawn-off M79 The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break open grenade launcher which fires a 40 x 46 mm grenade and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive firing sound, it earned the nicknames of "Thumper", "Thump-Gun" or "Blooper" among American soldiers; Australian…

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FN Browning 9MM Hi-Power

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The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action,  9mm semi-automatic pistol. It is based on ideas conceived and patented in 1922 by American firearms inventor John Browning, and later patented by Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, before he had finished developing a production version. The design was…

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M203 Grenade Launcher

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SOG teams were some of the first to use the XM203 under-barrel grenade launcher. The M203 grenade launcher had been developed between 1967 and 1968 by the AAI Corporation of USA on  contract from US Army. This contract had been issued on the basis of the experience gained by the…

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XM177E2/CAR-15 Carbine

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SOG's favourite weapon... The CAR-15 Commando was not initially part of the CAR-15 Military Weapons System, but was added in 1966 in response to the US military's desire for a shorter M16 and the Model 607 SMG's inadequacies. Colt engineer Rob Roy designed a simpler two-position telescoping tubular aluminum buttstock…

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