Grenade Launcher

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Grenade launcher (bottom right) in 1.01 Pilot.

In the pilot episode a grenade launcher is seen in the weapons box in the trunk of the Impala. It is occasionally seen there in future episodes, but never used by the Winchesters, with seasons seven through eleven being the only ones where it is not seen. This became something of a running joke in fandom, given there were many circumstances when it would have been useful. In the pilot, the weapon seen is a CAW 40mm Grenade Launcher Airsoft grenade launcher. In later episodes this is substituted with a genuine DefTech 37mm launcher.[1]

12.05 The One You've Been Waiting For is the first time the grenade launcher is grabbed to be used as a weapon. However, Sam tells Dean to leave it in the trunk, as they needed to be stealthy. Dean later remarks that he "should've bought the grenade launcher." The first time a grenade launcher is actually used is in 12.08 LOTUS, when Arthur Ketch uses a grenade launcher to disorient three Secret Service agents. In 12.11 Regarding Dean, as Dean's memory begins to slip away, Sam and later Rowena leave post-it notes on objects for Dean to know what to do. When Sam is captured by the Loughlin family, Rowena drives herself and Dean to the Loughlin home, leaving post-its in the Impala trunk showing Dean witch-killing bullets and which gun to use, as well as a giant "NO!" placed on the grenade launcher.

In 12.22 Who We Are, after the British Men of Letters lock the boys inside the Bunker, Dean gleefully resorts to using the grenade launcher to blast their way out. He succeeds in escaping and pulling the manual override to save Sam and Lady Toni Bevell. However, Dean injures his knee in the process. He retains this injury throughout the episode and the first half of 12.23 All Along the Watchtower. After noticing the discomfort his injury gives Dean, Castiel heals it and the cuts from Dean's subsequent fight with Mr. Ketch.

In 15.10 The Heroes' Journey, Dean arms himself with the grenade launcher again when going into the monster fight club. However, he puts it down while throwing up in the bathroom and it is used by Cutty to capture Dean. It may have been destroyed when Garth blew up the fight club.

Dean picks up the grenade launcher in a promo still from 11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire.
The grenade launcher in 12.20 Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes.
Dean finally gets to use the grenade launcher to break out of the Bunker in 12.22 Who We Are

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