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Handgrenades

m/56 grenade m/90 grenade
m/56 m/90


Arctic Rangers use the same type of handgrenades as the rest of the Swedish Army. The fragmentation grenades aren't used very often by Arctic Rangers, since you normally will not be close enough to the enemy to use them. Smoke grenades are used more often, since they provide good cover when retreating from the enemy.


Handgrenade m/56 This is an older fragmentation handgrenade consisting of a thin outer case, followed by a thicker metal layer that turns into shrapnel, built around an inner core of explosives (TNT). It weighs roughly 0.5 kg and has a delay of about 3 seconds. It produces significant damage within 10 meters and is lethal within 5 meters. It has three different safeties: an ordinary safety ring, a press safety that you press upward with your thumb (you can see it at the top right part of the pictrue above) and a grip safety that is released when you through it.
   
Handgrenade m/90 This is a newer fragmentation handgrenade and consists of a thin outer case of plastic followed by a layer of steel balls, built around a core of explosives (PETN). It weighs roughly 0.5 kg, has a delay of 4.5 seconds, and has an effect similar to the above mentioned m/56. It has two different safeties: an ordinary safety ring and a grip safety that is released when you through it.
   
Smokegrenade m/4 This is a black cylinder shaped grenade, which looks a lot like a black beer can. When ignited it gives off thick and grey hexachlorethane smoke. Hexachlorethane is slightly poisonous, and you should therefore not stay in the smoke for more than short periods. This type of grenade is mainly used to provide a smokescreen to cover your retreat from an ambush.

 


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