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(Sky News)   Achievement Unlocked : Throw back a grenade before it explodes. Bonus : "I remember thinking that if I didn't pull this off, it was going to hurt"   (news.sky.com) divider line 204
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2010-03-09 07:30:00 PM  
Little.Alex: They must be like coconuts.



Good Job, Soldier.


How does he carry them?

\Voting? But of course.
 
2010-03-09 07:30:40 PM  
Picture taken just after the event took place:

static.stuff.co.nz
 
2010-03-09 07:31:22 PM  
ionember: T-Servo: Just keep hitting R2!

/obscure?

Nothing is obscure on fark.

L R L R U D U D B A B A Select Start.b>


That last code is, though. Or it's just wrong.
 
2010-03-09 07:33:21 PM  
The reason this isn't encouraged is that the grenade does not have a visible timer telling you how long until BOOM. If you pick it up and then it 'splodes you increase the chances of even more people catching shrap.

All's well that ends well
 
2010-03-09 07:33:40 PM  
Technomage: Picture taken just after the event took place:

Someone needs to shop a certain clown sweater on that guy. The resemblance is pretty damn close.
 
2010-03-09 07:35:17 PM  
Technomage: Picture taken just after the event took place:

Wil???

Where's the sweater?
 
2010-03-09 07:36:14 PM  
Now that's a man who should never have to buy his own drinks ever again.
 
2010-03-09 07:37:52 PM  
I think hero's an appropriate tag. War's a reality, I can't stop it no matter how much I scream and cry about it. But I'm sure as shiat glad there's guys like this one on our side.

No farkin' way I'm sending my dumbass over seas to get blown up. Because that's what would happen - I would get BLOWN THE FARK UP. I'm a damned idiot when it comes to combat, I can only do words.
 
2010-03-09 07:38:34 PM  
Ihopethisnamewillfi: The first time I held and pulled the pin on a hand grenade was the most intense moment of my life. I ended up throwing it like a baseball instead of lobbing it and blew up the edge of the berm surrounding the grenade range.

No shiat. I was shaking like a leaf the first time I threw a live grenade, especially after seeing the chunks of molten metal embedded in the plexi shield of the observation deck a couple hundred meters away.

The real fun was watching the guys who popped their heads up over the bunker wall to watch them explode. Followed, of course, by an unkind tackling and body slam by the range safety NCO.
 
2010-03-09 07:38:46 PM  
"what's this?"
"You don't want it!"
 
2010-03-09 07:39:55 PM  
Back in my Corps days I remember being instructed count to 5 after pulling the pin, then throw it so the other guys won't have time to throw it back. We were also told to pick up incoming grenades and toss em back if you can, because the other guys probably wouldn't wait before tossing it.

Guess the DI was right.
 
2010-03-09 07:40:23 PM  
Very brave indeed. I think would have just jumped off the roof.
 
2010-03-09 07:45:40 PM  
wurdjunky: Back in my Corps days I remember being instructed count to 5 after pulling the pin.

Three, sir.
 
2010-03-09 07:45:44 PM  
 
2010-03-09 07:45:49 PM  
His commander Captain Graeme Kerr will be in the kitchen with a tall glass of wine. On the telly.
 
2010-03-09 07:47:23 PM  
Wow, nearly two entire pages and that whiney little biatch jakevol2 has not yet shown up to call this guy a murderer who should "eat a bullet." I am truly amazed!
 
2010-03-09 07:48:10 PM  
news.sky.com
gullyborg.typepad.com

Nobody else saw it?
 
2010-03-09 07:49:26 PM  
offacue: His commander Captain Graeme Kerr will be in the kitchen with a tall glass of wine. On the telly.

See, that's funny. I think I did a real life 'lol'.
 
2010-03-09 07:49:56 PM  
How can you tell that his guy is a hero?

Well, this is a pretty big farkin' clue:

"I don't feel particularly brave," he said.

"I'm not expecting anything from my comrades ... I don't want any thanks from them. I just don't want them to get hurt."
 
2010-03-09 07:51:21 PM  
wurdjunky: Back in my Corps days I remember being instructed count to 5 after pulling the pin, then throw it so the other guys won't have time to throw it back..


I have some bad news about your DI : he didn't want you to come back

/Your grenade fuse was made by the lowest bidder
 
2010-03-09 07:53:08 PM  
TheOmni: This was always something that I was surprised we didn't see more of in movies, but I also thought that it would never ever work in real life.

I think that this is why they tell you to release the lever, count to three, and then throw the grenade, so that the enemy does not have time to pick it up and throw it back. I imagine that the Taliban soldiers are not aware of this. The soldier in question probably pulled the pin, released the lever and chucked it immediately. And I hope that they continue to do it this way!
 
2010-03-09 07:55:31 PM  
Tito the King of the Streets: Nobody else saw it?

No one but myself and okami36
 
2010-03-09 07:55:52 PM  
Mock26: TheOmni: This was always something that I was surprised we didn't see more of in movies, but I also thought that it would never ever work in real life.

I think that this is why they tell you to release the lever, count to three, and then throw the grenade, so that the enemy does not have time to pick it up and throw it back. I imagine that the Taliban soldiers are not aware of this. The soldier in question probably pulled the pin, released the lever and chucked it immediately. And I hope that they continue to do it this way!


My guess would be that he gripped the spoon, pulled the pin and threw it that way so the spoon popped off mid-flight.
 
2010-03-09 07:57:01 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2010-03-09 07:57:31 PM  
i65.photobucket.com

Approves

/was I the only one who thought of this?
//hot like shrapnel
 
2010-03-09 07:59:38 PM  
subaudio: Three, sir.

That sounds about right. It was 20 years ago. If memory serves, which it hasn't so far, grenades blow at 8.

One Bad Apple: I have some bad news about your DI : he didn't want you to come back

/Your grenade fuse was made by the lowest bidder


I don't doubt either one.
 
2010-03-09 08:02:43 PM  
I hope he got the BFG for that!
 
2010-03-09 08:02:51 PM  
i205.photobucket.com
/had to be done
//why voting?
 
2010-03-09 08:03:46 PM  
Taliban needs to remember to cook off those nades before letting them fly.
 
2010-03-09 08:03:54 PM  
Hot Potato was one of the first achievements I got on the first day, kids were getting nade crazy without cooking em. Now the ones with the sticky nades had the right idea, can't shake a Semtex.

/Claymores in place of grenade
//Weak that you have to replace your grenade slot in MW2 if you want claymores
 
2010-03-09 08:05:07 PM  
"I'm not expecting anything from my comrades ... I don't want any thanks from them. I just don't want them to get hurt."

HEEERRROOOOOOOOOO!

/jakevol2 is fuming somewhere in nowhereland.
 
2010-03-09 08:10:19 PM  
Tito the King of the Streets: Nobody else saw it?

Indeed . . . I LOL.
 
2010-03-09 08:10:44 PM  
Ihopethisnamewillfi:
The first time I held and pulled the pin on a hand grenade was the most intense moment of my life. I ended up throwing it like a baseball instead of lobbing it and blew up the edge of the berm surrounding the grenade range.

And how long did your Drill Sergeant/Drill Instructor have you doing PT for doing that? Because mine would have had me doing front-back-gos for a week...
 
2010-03-09 08:10:44 PM  
Tito the King of the Streets: Nobody else saw it?

I was going to ask someone to photoshop his head onto that sweater pic.
 
2010-03-09 08:14:56 PM  
Tito the King of the Streets: Nobody else saw it?

on now...that's the first thing I saw too...it's pretty uncanny
 
2010-03-09 08:15:12 PM  
buckler: Mock26: TheOmni: This was always something that I was surprised we didn't see more of in movies, but I also thought that it would never ever work in real life.

I think that this is why they tell you to release the lever, count to three, and then throw the grenade, so that the enemy does not have time to pick it up and throw it back. I imagine that the Taliban soldiers are not aware of this. The soldier in question probably pulled the pin, released the lever and chucked it immediately. And I hope that they continue to do it this way!

My guess would be that he gripped the spoon, pulled the pin and threw it that way so the spoon popped off mid-flight.


Or that, too!
 
2010-03-09 08:15:13 PM  
RHMolBio: Taliban needs to remember to cook off those nades before letting them fly.

Why would we want them to remember this? It works completely in our favor.
 
2010-03-09 08:17:35 PM  
If I understand this correctly, that means that Mr. McKie's nads are infinitely huger than the guy's who threw the grenade, because had the thrower waited for the appropriate number of seconds, he *wouldn't* have been able to pull that off.

In any case, well done, and would like to know how he keeps them from clanking when he walks,
 
2010-03-09 08:20:08 PM  
wurdjunky: Back in my Corps days I remember being instructed count to 5 after pulling the pin, then throw it so the other guys won't have time to throw it back. We were also told to pick up incoming grenades and toss em back if you can, because the other guys probably wouldn't wait before tossing it.

Guess the DI was right.


I remember going through grenade training during basic. We were in a bunker, standing in line with our flak jackets on waiting for our turn, opened grenade cannisters held tightly to our chest as instructed. My Drill Sergeant walks by and, unbeknownst to me, he dropped an old spoon from a grenade on the floor near me and he says "Hey private! Why the hell is one of your grenade spoons on the floor?!" I freaked the hell out, put the cannisters on the floor fast as I could and ran to the other end of the bunker, and several others followed suit. We're all gathered in a corner about to shiat ourselves and all the Drill Sergeants in the bunker start laughing their asses off. Strangely enough, after that I had no fears when it came to my turn to throw.

/cool story bro.
 
2010-03-09 08:20:22 PM  
A buddy of mine did this in Iraq. It was one of his 6 confirmed kills.

/sad thing was he is a medic, not a rifleman.
 
2010-03-09 08:21:31 PM  
Mock26: How can you tell that his guy is a hero?

Well, this is a pretty big farkin' clue:

"I don't feel particularly brave," he said.

"I'm not expecting anything from my comrades ... I don't want any thanks from them. I just don't want them to get hurt."


I totally agree. This is true hero speak.
Also the look on his post explosion face is priceless
 
2010-03-09 08:23:36 PM  
Rule of Combat # 61

I remember thinking that if I didn't pull this off, it was going to hurt.
 
2010-03-09 08:25:52 PM  
 
2010-03-09 08:27:23 PM  
They're so huge, when he sits down he is 3 feet taller.

/aw yeah votey!
//and slashies
///lots and lots of slashies
 
2010-03-09 08:27:35 PM  
Quote by Jack Handey Deep Thoughts; " If you're in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at some guys, throw one of those little baby-type pumpkins. Maybe it'll make everyone think of how crazy war is, and while they're thinking, you can throw a real grenade."
 
2010-03-09 08:29:10 PM  
TheOmni: This was always something that I was surprised we didn't see more of in movies, but I also thought that it would never ever work in real life.

wurdjunky
Back in my Corps days I remember being instructed count to 5 after pulling the pin, then throw it so the other guys won't have time to throw it back. We were also told to pick up incoming grenades and toss em back if you can, because the other guys probably wouldn't wait before tossing it.

Guess the DI was right.


Oh but yes. Grenades have long been plagued by questions of optimum delay times- too short and it could go off in your face, too long and the enemy might throw it back at you. In general the design typically makes it long enough that the ladder risk is more likely.

Which is why some techniques suggest letting a grenade of a certain delay "cook off" for a few seconds before throwing, if the situation calls for it. Ideally, you'd actually want it to go off in the air above them, but that's risky to try to make happen.

In WWII Japan, they couldn't make an reliably accurate grenade fuse to save their lives. Not knowing when a grenade might go off, or if it was going to go off at all, just about made them more harmful to the troops USING them.
 
2010-03-09 08:36:53 PM  
buckler: Ihopethisnamewillfi: The first time I held and pulled the pin on a hand grenade was the most intense moment of my life. I ended up throwing it like a baseball instead of lobbing it and blew up the edge of the berm surrounding the grenade range.

No shiat. I was shaking like a leaf the first time I threw a live grenade, especially after seeing the chunks of molten metal embedded in the plexi shield of the observation deck a couple hundred meters away.

The real fun was watching the guys who popped their heads up over the bunker wall to watch them explode. Followed, of course, by an unkind tackling and body slam by the range safety NCO.


Oh the fun times at the grenade range.

I remember leaving the observation shelter after everything was over. We had to wait for one of the other guys who was in the practice throwing pit. For those who haven't seen one, it is a concrete pad with a trench around the two sides and the back. On the front is a concrete wall. You stand behind the wall with the range NCO and throw it over and get down behind it. If you drop it on your side you are to hop over the wall.

This poor sumbich had dropped it on his side at the live pit and the range NCO brought him there and was yelling "grenade!" The noob would hop over the wall. "grenade!" He had to hop back in. "grenade!" he hopped back over. Over and over and over again. On about the elventeenth time, the NCO was throwing him over as hard and violent as he could and back and back and back. That flack jacket is heavy and it was almost black flag weather. I think he learned his lesson.
 
2010-03-09 08:38:08 PM  
Technomage: Picture taken just after the event took place:

static.stuff.co.nz

He's gonna have a Badass scar on his face, so whenever someone sees him they'll know he's a Badass.
 
2010-03-09 08:38:27 PM  
That usually only works in movies.

/In real life, you lose a hand.
 
2010-03-09 08:39:53 PM  
subaudio: wurdjunky: subaudio: Three, sir.

That sounds about right. It was 20 years ago. If memory serves, which it hasn't so far, grenades blow at 8.

Sorry, I was making a funny. One, two, FIVE! (Three, sir!)

I didn't know that a reference to even two contiguous words appearing in MPatHG would be lost on a Fark readership.


I'll crawl back into my lonely, unfunny fighting hole now.

/Can't say foxhole or I'll have to drop and give myself twenty
//foxhole sounds dirty
///foxhole, heh
 
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