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hand grenade AN-M14

Definition/Scope: (FM 3-23.30) The AN-M14 TH3 incendiary hand grenade is used to destroy equipment or start fires. It can also damage, immobilize, or destroy vehicles, weapons systems, shelters, or munitions. The components are: the body is sheet metal, the filler is 26.5 ounces of thermate (TH3) mixture, and the fuse is an M201A1, and it weighs 32 ounces. The average soldier can throw the AN-M14 grenade 25 meters. A portion of thermate mixture is converted to molten iron, which burns at 4,330 degrees Fahrenheit. The mixture fuses 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 can burn through a 1/2-inch homogenous steel plate. It produces its own oxygen and burns under water. The AN-M14 is gray with purple markings and has a single purple band (current grenades). Under the standard color-coding system, incendiary grenades are light red with black markings. Avoid looking directly at the incendiary hand grenade as it burns. The intensity of the light is hazardous to the retina and can cause permanent eye damage.

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hand grenade

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