2. Your right leg (left leg for left-handed throwers)
should be cocked with your foot braced firmly against
the ground. After removal of the safety pin, hold the
grenade away from your body with your arm cocked for
3. With your free hand, grasp any object that is
capable of giving you added leverage. This leverage will
increase your throwing distance. In throwing the
grenade, push off with your rearward foot to give added
power to your throw. After throwing the grenade, roll
over onto your stomach and press yourself flat against
HAND GRENADE SAFETY
Figure 12-12.--Typical pressure type of land mine mechanism.
This section deals with safety precautions that must
Under no circumstances should you attach grenades
be observed by the handlers and throwers of all hand
to clothing or equipment by the PULL RING. Attaching
grenades and by other persons who may be located
grenades to clothing or equipment by the pull ring can
within the danger area of the grenade.
easily result in the safety pin being accidentally removed
Any handler or thrower of a casualty-producing
from the grenade.
hand grenade or person who is within the danger area
When handling a noncasually-producing hand
(approximately 50 meters) of the grenade must wear a
grenade, such as the chemical type, you should not be
closer than 10 meters to the grenade while it burns. You
No hand grenades, other than fuzed practice
should not look directly into the thermite mixture since
grenades, should be defuzed by any person EXCEPT
it may cause temporary blindness or even permanent eye
qualified and authorized ordnance maintenance
The safety lever of a chemical hand grenade, other
When handling grenades armed with an impact
than the ABC-M25A2, should not be released before the
detonating fuze, you should NOT release the safety lever
grenade is thrown because of its extremely short
before throwing NOR observe the impact of the
grenade. Wait at least 5 minutes before approaching a
dud. If a grenade armed with an impact detonating fuze
is accidentally dropped after the safety pin has been
into a closed area nor should they be detonated within 5
removed, the grenade MUST be picked up and thrown
meters of personnel.
to a safe area. Under NO circumstances should the
grenade be kicked or tossed into a sump or ditch, since
any sudden jarring of the grenade after the arming delay
is expended causes detonation.
At least a 30-minute waiting period should elapse
before you approach a chemical grenade dud, and then
Do NOT remove the safety pin on a grenade until
only authorized ordnance-disposal personnel should
you are ready to throw it. In training, once you remove
the safety pin, it must not be placed back into the
grenade; tine grenade must be thrown.
You, or anyone else not experienced in ordnance
A land mine is a concealed explosive charge, placed
disposal, must not recover, handle, or otherwise tamper
in an area where it can be detonated by contact with
with dud grenades.
enemy personnel or vehicles. Detonation can be
initiated by pressure, pull, or electrical action. The
If you should accidentally drop a casualty-
mechanism of a pressure mine is shown in figure 12-12.
producing hand grenade after pulling the safety pin,
The mine is buried with the fuze pressure plate just
shout GRENADE to alert other personnel in the area and
above the ground surface and detonates when the plate
ensure that the grenade is picked up and thrown in a low
arc into a safe area.
is pressed down.