What’s a hand grenade?

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Hand grenades were first developed by the Chinese in the 10th or 11th century AD. Europe adopted primitive forms of hand grenades in the 17th century. Modern grenades have safety features and can carry a variety of substances. Accuracy is important, and they can cause damage or injury when they explode.

A hand grenade is a small, usually hand-held device that is thrown or thrown at others to cause death, injury, or destruction of property, usually with a short blast radius. The first hand grenades were developed by the Chinese in the 10th or 11th century AD and were simple in construction compared to today’s grenades. The first Chinese grenade was simply gunpowder packed in small containers of various materials, which were ignited and then thrown. In the 15th century, it became standard in China to pack gunpowder in cast iron, making not only grenades but also cannonballs in this way. These normally had a fuse attached so that there was at least a couple of seconds between the time the grenade or cannonball was ignited and the time it was thrown or thrown.

Europe had adopted some primitive forms of hand grenades in the 17th century. Small round grenades, about the size of a baseball, were probably first used during the Revolution of the 17th, when William of Orange attempted to overthrow King James II of England and Scotland. Evidence suggests that these early European grenades were not used regularly and were not particularly accurate.

The word grenade is English, but comes from the same French root words that make up the word pomegranate. Essentially, a hand grenade looks like black pomegranate seeds when split and is about the same size as an apple or pome. The modern grenade has come a long way since its inception, with multiple safety features built in to protect the user and the ability to be filled with a variety of substances in addition to explosive material. Grenades can carry chemicals, for example, used to kill or calm rioters. Tear gas grenades are quite common in cases of extreme riots in many countries.

The modern hand grenade is not ignited by lighting a fuse, but is instead inactive, as long as its internal materials remain stable, until a pin attached to a small metal ring is removed from the grenade. The mechanism is slightly different for those grenades, which are thrown rather than hand-thrown. Accuracy in throwing a hand grenade is important, as a missed throw signals the presence of the person throwing it and it falls short of its objective, normally killing enemy combatants.

Most modern grenades are designed to cause damage in a small area, have a cast iron exterior, and can only be used at short ranges. When a hand grenade explodes, it fragments, causing damage or injury. A grenade exploding near a person can still injure or kill a person from small pieces of shrapnel from the blast. These are dangerous and deadly devices, designed to harm or subdue (in the case of chemical grenades) others.

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