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M79
M79
General information

Weapon class:

Grenade launcher

Weapon type:

Break-action grenade launcher

Magazine capacity:

1 Round

Maximum ammo:

3 rounds

Appears in:

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uncharted 2 Beta Uncharted: Golden Abyss

First found:

Plane-wrecked Proving Your Worth

Commonly found on:

Mercenaries

Multiplayer

The M79 is the only grenade launcher and indeed, with the exception of hand grenades, the only explosive weapon that Drake can carry in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and is used by Navarro's mercenaries and Eddy Raja's Pirates.

It can hold only a single grenade before it has to be reloaded and the grenade travels in a straight line (unless fired from the hip), which makes it more similar to the RPG-7 of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Its high power and large area of attack also makes it a one shot kill. If the blast is where the enemy is, he won't get up again.

General Information

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Drake shooting the powerful grenade launcher.

The M79 is not a frequently encountered weapon. It is not commonly found simply lying around and must be picked up from the dead bodies of Navarro's grenadiers or Eddy Raja's grenadiers.

It can be a difficult weapon to counter as, if you are not aware that a grenadier is lurking around the corner and you go rushing into the open, you could be sent crashing into a wall in a matter of seconds. If you notice one being fired, take cover and follow the smoke trails the grenade leaves or look for grenadiers, with their distinctive yellow hats, or Eddy Raja's grenadiers, who always wear red T-shirts.

This is one of the last weapons to be unlocked from the single-player store and, although it is extremely powerful, the low ammo capacity of 3 rounds and the fact that you must reload after every shot can be considered serious downsides, unless the Infinite Ammo tweak is turned on.

In Reality

The M79 Grenade launcher is a break-action, single shot, shoulder-fired grenade launcher that was given several nicknames by American soldiers such as "Thumper", "Thump-Gun", "Bloop Tube" and "Blooper". The M79 has been mostly replaced by the M203, which can be attached to certain assault rifles, reducing the need to carry extra weapons. In the game it has a pistol grip but in reality it always has a wooden stock.

Trivia

  • This weapon would have been used in Uncharted 2, but the M32-Hammer took its place. However, it was used in the beta, over the M32-Hammer.
  • In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the weapon can only fire one type of round. In real life, it can fire a variety of 40mm rounds, such as less-than-lethal (riot control), smoke, signal, high explosive, and close range.
  • In Chapter 8 - The Drowned City and Chapter 9 - To the Tower, Elena has an M79 that doesn't need reloading.
  • This weapon is the same as the GP32-BND but longer.
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