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Watch U.S. Marines Practice Throwing Live Grenades

March 23, 2017

A grenade is, simply put, a small bomb typically thrown by hand. Even though a variety of hand grenades exist, the most common being explosive grenades designed to detonate after impact or after a set amount of time.

The word “grenade” derives from the French word for a “small explosive shell,” and since its creation and inception, it has been a widely used and powerful tool to inflict significant damage on the enemy. Even though some grenade launchers exist, it’s important to remember that these are bombs that are typically thrown by hand, which explains the effectiveness and importance of training to just do that.

The technique and safety of the throw is of such importance that there are service members who specialize in doing just that. “Grenadiers,” as originally called, were soldiers who specialized in throwing grenades, however, units quickly realized that limiting grenade launching training to specific members would equate to having only a few people on the units carrying service weapons.

Because of this, military training for grenade throwing have been standard training, just like rifle and pistol ranges. This video shows U.S. Marines with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division conduct a live-fire grenade range during Deployment for Training (DFT) at Fort Stewart, GA. It may seem simple, but it could turn out deadly if not properly executed.

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