Friday, April 17, 2009

Educational Videos: Grenades

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This video gives you a guided tour of the inside of a grenade. Pay particular attention to the fuse element.

This guy (in the three videos below) is building a Russian RGD-5 fragmentation grenade out of paper mache. It is functional but has limited effectiveness due to the fact that it is made of paper. Detailed diagrams of the fuse assembly are available here.

The important item to pay attention to is the fuse assembly which is constructed out of a G2 pen. The G2 pen is made by Pilot, and any similar pen can be used. One can also pick up springs in the specialty hardware section of many hardware and home improvement stores. Instead of the paper rings this guy is using, one can also use aluminum or copper tubing. A nail with the sharp point rounded down can be used for the striker. A commercial primer, for say a shotgun round, can be substituted for the cap from a capgun.

One doesn't actually have to use a de-militarized or training grenade for the body. Any sturdy metal container that is easily handled and thrown will work as a grenade. Even schedule 80 PVC pipe can be employed.

For thin wall containers, shrapnel (my friend, Shadow, is especially fond of broken drill bits and drywall screws) should be mixed in with the explosive.

See the "File Of The Day" section for more info.

Again, there is something that must be said here. I am not advocating that anyone engage in actually following the instructions contained in this document. The link and the material are provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. You are responsible for obeying all applicable laws for your area of residence.

1 comment:

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

If i were allowed to say, on the air, repetitively, the first syllable [only] of the popular tri-plane fighter builder Fokker, I'd be repeating it incessantly, with exclaim!
Fokk(er)ing GOOD STUFF, Catman!