It looks more like a flamethrower or a firework shooter or a glitter dust bomb gun but it’s actually a firing M32 grenade launcher. It’s a picture of Marines training Malaysian ARmed Forces during a non-lethal weapons seminar. What perfect timing it must’ve been to capture this shot.
We’ve all seen enough movies and war footage to know what happens after you toss a real grenade, but hurling one made from ice really isn’t that much safer. If you get hit with one of these, it’s going to hurt. And if it does explode, it’s going to send ice cold shrapnel flying in all directions.
Ideally you'll never be in the situation in the first place, but let's say a grenade is being lobbed at your face—what should you do? Dan Rosenthal, a U.S. Infantry veteran, schools us. Hint: unless you're Captain America, don't try to throw it back.
Despite the billions upon billions of dollars funneled into the hungry maw of the military over the past 70 years, some technology has remained the same since World War II—including the smoke grenade. Now, the Army is choosing a new version that, in theory, will be slightly less toxic than the "classic" model.
In what was probably the most dangerous easter egg hunt ever (or a scene from the next Hunger Games movie), a three-year-old boy was looking for pastel colored eggs... but found a live hand grenade instead.
Shouldn't this go without saying? No, no it shouldn't—because anyone not in the military buying smoke grenades is probably a dick to begin with.
Add another eerily lifelike robot to the military's rapidly expanding android army. This one is, of all things, a mechanical firefighter. And not only can it climb ladders like its flesh-and-blood counterparts, it's designed to interact with human handlers in a kind of human/robot bucket brigade.
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry is one of only two living recipients of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. And how he earned it is a story that you need to hear.
Sadly, you cannot make lemonade from lemons by pulling the pin on these incendiary pieces of fruit to make them explode. They're inert, you see, and just a side project for tinkerer Chris Myles.
If you're a shell-shocked World War I veteran with a few spare grenades lying around, you may start to hide them in some crazy places like a sewing machine.
Oh, boy. After running the plates of a suspicious vehicle and finding an outstanding arrest warrant, Birmingham police pulled over and searched the car in question. Inside the found a man, his lady friend, and a live grenade from WWII. He's been using it, he says, as a paperweight.
I thought bomb squads used robots to extract explosives in a safe manner. When said robot drops potentially-live grenades AND THEN RUNS OVER THEM with its treads, I don't think the robot is doing a very good job.
The tear gas grenades being used to quell protestors in Egypt are actually made right here in the USA. They're intended to cause "tearing of the eyes" and "irritation of respiratory tract and mucous membranes". What's inside the tear gas?
Sort of stupid: using WWII grenades as bookends. Really stupid: giving one of those grenades to a neighbor, no questions asked. Extremely stupid: accepting said grenade. Maximum stupid: immediately pulling the pin from that grenade. Bomb squad, come on down!
Oh, man. Not only does this infographic show how modern time-delay grenades work, it actually walks you through a bit of the history of the handheld explosive. All while setting a new standard for stick figure abuse!
Non lethal chili grenades—think about the potential here. A handheld weapon made with the fiery Bhut Jolokia chili would burn, devastate your orifices, and add a spicy kick to your dinner. Indian defense scientists are determined to make it happen.
Who knew a machine with razor-sharp blades spinning at 200RPM you're supposed to sit on top of might cause injury or death? Here are gruesome tales of mowing mishaps—from this past month alone!