Hand Grenades

What is a hand grenade?
The hand grenade is a hand-held, hand-armed and hand-thrown weapon

What is the effective casualty-producing radius of the M67 hand grenade?
15 meters

What are the components of a hand grenade?
•        Body
•        Filler
•        Fuse Assembly

What are the three characteristics of all hand grenades?
1.        Employment range is short
2.        Small effective casualty radius
3.        Delay element permits safe throwing

What FM covers Grenades and Pyrotechnic Signals?
FM 3-23.30

In what five areas can the hand grenade assist the individual soldier in the accomplishment of
the mission?
•        Producing casualties
•        Signaling
•        Screening
•        Producing incendiary effects
•        Riot control

What are the six types of hand grenades?
1.        Fragmentation – The grenades are used to produce casualties by high-velocity projection of
2.        Illuminating – This grenade is used to provide illumination of terrain and targets.
3.        Chemical – These grenades are used for incendiary, screening, signaling, training, or riot control.
4.        Offensive – This grenade is used for blast effect.
5.        Practice and Training – These grenades are used for training personnel in use, care and handling of
service grenades.
6.        Nonlethal – This grenade is used for diversionary purposes or when lethal force is not desired.

How do you inspect unpacked grenades or grenades stored in ammunition pouches?
1.        Inspect unpacked grenades daily to ensure that the safety pins are present.
2.        Check the body for rust or dirt.
3.        Make sure the lever is not broken or bent.

What types of grenades should every soldier be able to identify?
•        M67 Fragmentation
•        M18 Colored Smoke
•        AN-M8 HC Smoke
•        AN-M14 TH3 Incendiary
•        ABC-M7A2, ABC-M7A3 CS Riot Control

About the M67 Fragmentation Grenade:
•        Body - steel sphere with scored steel spring for fragmentation
•        Filler - 6.5 ounces of Composition B.
•        Fuse - M213.
•        Weight - 14 ounces.
•        Safety clip - yes.
•        Capabilities – The average Soldier can throw the M67 grenade 35 meters. The effective casualty
producing radius is 15 meters and killing radius is 5 meters.
•        Color/markings – The M67 grenade has an olive drab body with a single yellow band at the top.
Markings are in yellow

About the M18 Colored Smoke Grenade:
•        Body - sheet steel cylinder with four emission holes at the top and one at the bottom which allow
smoke to escape when the grenade is ignited. (recently manufactured grenades do not have bottom holes.)
•        Filler - 11.5 ounces of colored smoke mixture (red, green, yellow, and violet).
•        Fuse - M201A1.
•        Weight - 19 ounces.
•        Safety clip - no.
•        Capabilities - The average Soldier can throw the M18 grenade 35 meters. The grenade burns for 50
to 90 seconds with an average burn time of 60 seconds.
•        Color/markings – The M18 grenade is alight green with black markings. The top of the grenade
indicates the smoke color.

About the AN-M8 HC Smoke Grenade:
•        Body – sheet, steel cylinder.
•        Filler - 19 ounces of Type C, HC smoke mixture.
•        Fuse - M201A1.
•        Weight - 24 ounces.
•        Safety clip - no.
•        Capabilities – The average Soldier can throw the AN-M8 grenade 30 meters. The grenade emits a
dense cloud of white smoke for 105 to 150 seconds. The AN-M8 Grenade produces harmful hydrochloric
fumes that irritate the eyes, throat and lungs. It should not be used in closed-in areas unless soldiers are
wearing protective masks.
•        Color/markings – The AN-M8 grenade has a light green body with black markings and a white top.

About the AN-M14 TH3 Incendiary:
•        Body - sheet metal.
•        Filler - 26.5 ounces of thermate (TH3) mixture.
•        Fuse - M201A1.
•        Weight - 32 ounces.
•        Safety clip - no.
•        Capabilities – The average Soldier can throw the AN-M14 TH3 25 meters.. A portion of the thermate
mixture is converted to molten iron, which burns at 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It will fuse together the
metallic parts of any object that it contacts. Thermate is an improved version of thermite, the incendiary
agent used in hand grenades during World War II. The thermate filler of the AN-M14 grenade burns for 40
seconds and can burn through a 1/2-inch homogeneous steel plate. It produces its own oxygen and will
burn under water.
•        Color/markings - gray with purple markings and a single purple band (current grenades). Under the
standard color-coding system, incendiary grenades are light red with black markings.

About the ABC M7A2 and ABC M7A3 CS Riot Control:
•        Body – Sheet metal with four emission holes at the top and one at the bottom.
•        Filler – The ABC M7A2 has 5.5 ounces of burning mixture and 3.5 ounces of CS in gelatin capsules.
The ABC M7A3 has 7.5 ounces of burning mixture and 4.5 ounces of CS pellets
•        Fuse – M201A1 MOD2
•        Weight – 15.5 ounces.
•        Safety clip - no.
•        Capabilities – The average Soldier can throw either of these grenades 40 meters. Both grenades
produce a cloud of irritant agent for 15 to 35 seconds.
•        Color/markings – Both grenades have gray bodies with red band and red markings.
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