I’ma drop this here for an early-release, and might do a follow up tomorrow… why the fuck not
Time again for “Sergeant’s Time Saturday”. I’m yer host, Big Country, and today’s subject is the M-67 Fragmentation Hand Grenade.
In keeping with the same premises that I’ve put out before, this’s strictly for entertainment purposes.
Not that anyone is going to have these things rolling around in their trunk
Leastways one would hope they ain’t…
The idea, as stated before is Common Task Training
‘Cause you never know what might be left laying around after the fact.
Make of it what you will.
The M67, or “Lil Ball of Hate” was developed in 1967 (designated ’67’ natch) and fielded in 1968 as a replacement for the M26 “Pineapple” and M33 “Lemon” frags. They’re pretty effective with a blast radius of 16 feet fatally, and wounding out to 50 feet, although fragments have been found as far as 250 feet from point of detonation.
REALLY effective in enclosed spaces, what with shrapnel and blast/concussions, it’s earned the nickname of “Lil Ball of Hate” honestly.
The importance of properly gripping/holding the hand grenade cannot be overemphasized. Soldiers must understand that a grenade not held properly is difficult to arm. Gripping procedures differ slightly for right- and left-handed soldiers.
Righties hold it ‘normally’
Right-handed soldiers hold the grenade upright with the pull ring away from the palm of the throwing hand so that the pull ring can be easily removed by the index or middle finger of the free hand.
While you ‘Southpaws’ A.K.A. ‘Lefties’ have to hold it inverted thuslike:
Left-handed soldiers invert the grenade with the fingers and thumb of the throwing hand positioned in the same manner as by right-handed personnel. This lets y’all pull pin/throw easier with your strong arm.
Now, on throwing, they had us learn to stick your arm out, as apparently you want to point at what yer throwing at:
Throw, Yell loudly (unless doing the Sneaky Pete) “FRAG OUT!”
Get the fuck down
You yell so’s yer buddies don’t get caught unawares. (More on this in uno minuto)
Now, I’ve never (outside of Basic/AIT) used a frag in this manner. The ONE time I used a frag I tossed it into a highly questionable room, so it was more like in the movies than open combat
Urban environments are a stone bitch
That being said, the fuze delay on this thing is between 4-5 seconds.
Don’t believe it
Never Ever Plan on a frag having any sort of consistency
“Once Mr. Pin is Pulled, Mister Grenade is No Longer Your Friend.”
No fuckin’ joke there Aye?
Now, it IS 14 ounces of fury waiting to be unleashed. A steel shell with a BB matrix and Comp B as the explosive.
It has the standard Pin setup that you see on TV but it also has a shipping clip that you need to pop off BEFORE pulling Mr. Pin. The shipping clip is there to keep Mr. Spoon in place IF by some miracle Mr. Pin dislodges.
Bad things happen when Mr. Pin works loose unexpectedly.
Happened in 96 at Ft Campbell… right after I left. Some asshole LT with a live frag on the live fire combined arms ranges lost a fucking frag.
Apparently, from what we found out later, he’d secured it to his pouch by the pin
And, at one point he laid down, and Mr. Pin popped out.
Did I mention that it lay on the ground for a while?
And when the Colonel of the Brigade, my old unit mind you, but 1st Batt (I was 2nd) did ‘hands across the range’ to find Mr. Grenade not knowing the pin was out.
Hands Across the Range is when a critical piece of equipment goes missing, and literally every swinging dick gets on line and walks every. single. inch. of the location in question until it’s found or whatnot.
Well, they found it.
When someone either kicked it, stepped on it or picked it up, not knowing Mr. Pin took a day off…
Killed one, wounded 11, and got the Brigade Commander relieved for causeLINK
Which totally sucked. Colonel Martinez was a really good Commander…
Wasn’t his fault that the LT didn’t tell anyone about the pin still being on his web gear and not in Mr. Grenade…
Fuckin’ LTs man…
That’s the fast n furious breakdown on Mr. Grenade and his parts.
Now, also, jes’ sayin’
For those of us in a PatCon sort of mindset, there are means to fuck with the opposition
In Fallujah, (I got this second hand from the Jarheads in question) the Gyrenes were running low on Frags. As I said before, Urban Combat is a stone bitch, and Mr. Grenade is a MAJOR party favor for fun and games.
So, the Jarheads were out of Frags
And this one group of guys got some dug-in bad guys inside this ville…
So one of the more ‘creative’ Guys, he grabs his Rip It Energy Drink
Crack in a Can…
And about the size of a standard Frag…
The Army kept those lil beauties in the Mess hall for free, and we were all addicted to them…
So, the Marine yells out “Frag OUT!” and chucked the Rip It into the room with the Hajjis…
Who come swarming out of the room like red ants from a disturbed nest thinking they were about to meet a “Lil Ball of Hate”…
And subsequently got captured/killed.
Point being you say?
Well… in some circumstances, something similar could be used to psyche out your opponent say…
Using an Airsoft replica mayhaps?
‘Cause the training takes over…
And you yell “Frag OUT!” and throw a highly realistic simulator, people gonna beat feet or hit the dirt, causing you to gain a minor advantage for a few seconds… because no one wants to be around when Mr. Grenade goes off.
Just mor of my usually twisted ideas…
Hell, some of the Airsoft “Frags” are loaded with paint balls… that’d fuck them up too
>BOOOM< (cops covered in yellow paint, highly confused) “Da Fuck?”
So, more later, and I Remain The Intrepid Reporter