“Frag Out”: Live Fire Training Exercises With The 101st Airborne
There is nothing as much fun than going on live fire exercises, not only do you get to shoot stuff…you get to blow it up as well. A group of US soldiers training with real M18A1 Claymore’s with the help of a Bic pen for stabilizing and aiming the mine in the training range (otherwise known as “American Ingenuity”). This video also shows the soldiers training with the M67 grenade and also with the AT4 rocket launcher. Man…watching this makes me fell all warm & fuzzy, it’s been over over 40 years since I did anything like this…hell’s-bells…I’m downright jealous.
Here’s a little info about each of the weapons these young men are using in the video:
The M18A1 Claymore is a directional anti-personnel mine developed for the United States Armed Forces. Its inventor, Norman MacLeod, named the mine after a large Scottish medieval sword. Unlike a conventional land mine, the Claymore is command-detonated and directional, meaning it is fired by remote-control and shoots a pattern of metal balls into the kill zone like a shotgun It is used primarily as anti-personel device against infantry enemy infiltration.
The M67 grenade is a fragmentation hand grenade used by the United States military. The M67 is a further development of the M33 grenade, itself a replacement for the M26-series grenades used during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the older Mk 2 “pineapple” grenade used since World War II. The M67 hand grenade has an effective casualty radius of about 49 feet.
The AT4 (also AT-4) is an 84-mm unguided, portable, single-shot recoilless smoothbore weapon built in Sweden by Saab Bofors Dynamics (previously Bofors Anti-Armour Systems). Saab has had considerable sales success with the AT4, making it one of the most common light anti-tank weapons in the world. The AT4 is intended to give infantry units a means to destroy or disable armored vehicles and fortifications, although it is not generally sufficient to defeat a modern main battle tank (MBT). The launcher and projectile are manufactured prepacked and issued as a single unit of ammunition, with the launcher discarded after a single use.