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Blanch-Chevallier Grenade Discharger

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Blanch-Chevallier grenade discharger - 2.5in. PR.9711 © Royal Armouries

The Blanch-Chevallier Grenade Discharger is a prototype grenade launcher patented in 1916 by Herbert John Blanch of the London gun company J. Blanch & Son and Swiss arms technician Arnold Louis Chevallier. It is built on a Martini-Henry rifle, with the original barrel assembly replaced by a large 2.5in bore barrel with a recoil-dampening spring inside. The weapon works on a similar principle as a rifle grenade; a proprietary grenade is loaded into the barrel from the front and fired by a .577-450 blank loaded into the chamber. A tall tangent backsight suggested that the weapon is intended to be fired from the shoulder, instead of braced on the ground like contemporary rifle grenade launchers.

Only one example of this strange weapon is known to exist, currently in the possession of the Royal Armouries Museum of England. It was found "in a back room at the UK National Firearms Centre" by Jonathan Ferguson, who also said that it came to them "from a movie prop house". Ferguson also notes that his example is strangely marked with "Enever – Chevallier Patent Automatic Small Arms Company Limited", referencing a third Edwin Alexander Enever, who had founded the said company with Chevallier, but is not referenced on the patent.


(Prototype only, patented 1916)

Type: Grenade Launcher

Caliber: 2.5 in

Capacity: 1

Fire Modes: Single shot

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Battlefield 1 Martini-Henry Grenade Launcher Added via the Turning Tides DLC 2016

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