China Lake Launcher

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China Lake Launcher - 40x46mm

Often confused with the later EX-41 Launcher, the China Lake Launcher was used in limited numbers by US Navy SEAL Teams, Marine Force Recon, and the 5th Special Forces Group. The weapon is essentially a pump-action M79 Grenade Launcher with a 3-round tubular magazine added under the barrel. Only four complete original weapons are thought to exist; one at the UDT/SEAL Museum, one in a Vietnamese war museum, one in the hands of the ATF Technologies branch, and the last by Brian Fauci of Canal Side Guns, who make a knock-off of the weapon called "The Ultimate M79."

In 2009, it was reported that Airtronic USA (a company also known for manufacturing modernised RPG-7s under license from Bazalt) has started manufacture of the China Lake launcher and a modernised model with a retractable M4-type stock, pistol grip and Picatinny rails. It is not know what has since become of it, however.



  • Type: Grenade Launcher
  • Caliber: 40x46mm
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
  • Length: 34.4 in (87.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 14 in (35.6 cm)
  • Feed System: 3-round tubular magazine
  • Fire Modes: Pump-Action

The China Lake Launcher and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Character Note Date
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail Fabiola Iglesias 2010-11

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Call of Duty: Black Ops China Lake 2010
Fallout: New Vegas "Grenade Launcher", "Holorifle" 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops III "MAX-GL" 2017

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