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hand grenade Mk32

Definition/Scope: (FM 3-23.30) The Mk3A2 offensive hand grenade commonly referred to as the concussion grenade, produces casualties during close combat while minimizing danger to friendly personnel. The grenade is also used for concussion effects in enclosed areas, for blasting, and for demolition tasks. The shock waves (overpressure) produced by this grenade when used in enclosed areas are greater than those produced by the fragmentation grenade. It is, therefore, more effective against enemy soldiers located in bunkers, buildings, and fortified areas. The components are: the body is fiber (similar to the packing container for the fragmentation grenade), with 8 ounces of TNT filler, the fuse is an M206A2, and it weighs 15.6 ounces. The average soldier can throw the Mk3A2 grenade 40 meters. It has an effective casualty radius of 2 meters in open areas, but fragments and bits of fuse may be projected as far as 200 meters from the detonation point. The Mk3A2 grenade is black with yellow markings around the middle.

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hand grenade

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