Among my favorite Murphy's Laws of Combat
"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is no longer our friend."
I think it's apocryphal, but the tale is told of a grandmotherly type in a rough part of Manhattan, who grew tired of resisting purse snatchers. On the next occasion, she didn't fight back, but did manage to hold onto one item of sentimental value: the safety ring on the grenade inside. Howard C. Berkowitz 23:37, 12 July 2008 (CDT)
Where does this fit
- Sounds like the something-or-other 25, which used to be the OICW. The line between grenades and small-caliber explosive projectiles is getting very fine. I'd say that if the projectile travels at reasonably high velocity, it's no longer a grenade.
- Interesting you mention lasing, with presumptive homing on the laser spot. I'll have to look where I put it, but with intelligent mortar shells, there's a trend to use GPS/inertial based on laser information, rather than direct laser guidance. The scenario prompting that argument postulates a mortar, behind a wall, firing on troops. A scout, but not the counterfiring mortar, has line-of-sight on it. The scout uses a laser rangefinder (i.e., not designator), coupled with GPS, to precisely locate the target, and then sends encrypted digital coordinates to the firer. Howard C. Berkowitz 16:24, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
- I'm going to edit the main article to indicate that mechanically projected grenades move at low speed compared with a bullet. Perhaps I can follow up on your note; I've also seen notes in military journal about the weapon's deployment into Afghanistan. Not sure when I'll get to the details, and if there needs to be a spinoff on guided small arms projectiles. Howard C. Berkowitz 18:01, 30 November 2010 (UTC)