Hand grenades are small bombs that have been around for hundreds of years. Thrown by hand, they are designed to detonate after impact or after a set amount of time. Grenades come in many varieties, with each type achieving a different result.
The most common type used by the United States Military is the anti-personnel fragmentation grenade. It is designed to disperse fragments upon detonation. It’s typically made from steel, which provides fragmentation as shards and splinters. Sometimes they use a pre-formed fragmentation matrix, which allows for better fragmentation.
Smoke grenades are designed to burn or release a gas and do not explode. They are usually used as a signaling device, target or landing zone marking device, or as a screening device for unit movement. The grenade is equipped with two emission holes, which allow the smoke to be released when the grenade is ignited.
A stun grenade, also known as a flashbang, is a non-lethal explosive device that is used to temporarily disorient an enemy’s senses. When detonated, they produce a flash of blinding light and a loud noise, but do not cause any permanent injury.
The accompanying video shows soldiers in basic training learning how to use hand grenades. The grenades they are using are M67 fragmentation grenades.
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