The classic M79 blooper was fielded in 1961. That has been a while.
Over on Wikipedia.org there is this line:
While not manufacturers of the M79, Milcor and Denel Mechem of South Africa do re-manufacture M-79 grenade launchers to more modern standards. They replace the leaf sight with an optical one and replace the wooden stock with a modified R-4/R-5 stock.M79 grenade launcher – Wikipedia
Over the years, I have looked for this almost mythical beast, and I’ve seen other people ask about it and the general consensus was that it did not exist.
Yesterday when I was surfing the internet I stumbled across this old picture.
Sure enough, that is a M79 with a side folding R-4/R-5 stock. Black furniture (including pistol grip), and an range adjustable Armson OEG combat sight.
It really loses the iconic profile of the M79 and looks ungainly.
I do really like the idea of having the folding stock. That would make it smaller for carrying and packing. I do wonder if that metal tubular stock would be uncomfortable to shoot. I also wonder if that OEG sight on that adjustable mount is really any faster or easier to use than the classic M79 leaf sight?
For those of you who don’t know, the OEG gunsight is occluded. You can not see through it, you have to keep both eyes open to transpose the dot one eye sees with the environment the other eye sees to give you the view of a dot over the target.
Still, given the choice, I think I would pick the classic M79.