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AN-M8 HC White Smoke grenade

This grenade is used to produce dense clouds of white smoke for signaling and screening.

(1) Body -- sheet steel cylinder.

(2) Filler -- 19 ounces of Type C, HC smoke mixture.

(3) Fuze -- M201A1.

(4) Weight -- 24 ounces.

(5) Safety clip -- no.

(6) Capabilities -- can be thrown 30 meters by average soldier. The grenade emits a dense cloud of white smoke for 105 to 150 seconds. THE AN-M8 HAND GRENADE PRODUCES HARMFUL HYDROCHLORIC FUMES THAT IRRITATE THE EYES, THROAT, AND LUNGS. IT SHOULD NOT BE USED IN CLOSED-IN AREAS UNLESS SOLDIERS ARE WEARING PROTECTIVE MASKS.

(7) Color/markings -- light green body with black markings and a white top.

(8) Field expedient -- When employing the M18 or AN-M8 HC hand grenade, it may be desirable to use one of these grenades without the fuze. To do this, the following procedure should be used in combat only:

  • Remove the tape from grenade bottom to expose the filler.

  • Remove the fuze by unscrewing it from the grenade.

  • Ignite starter mixture with open flame.

  • Immediately throw the grenade to avoid burn injury.
WITH BOTH THE AN-M8 AND AN-M18, THERE IS DANGER OF STARTING A FIRE IF USED IN A DRY AREA.


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