Support: August 17, 2000

Archives

The US Army has fielded 8,000 Launched Grapnel Hook systems to infantry and engineer units as a type of mine-clearing device. Another 12,000 have been produced and are held as war reserve stocks. The system weighs three pounds; the hook itself weighs only one pound. The hook is propelled from an M16 rifle or M4 carbine 80-100m by a ball cartridge or grenade-launching blank cartridge. The firer then pulls it back using a cord. The hook will snag most tripwires in the area it covers (94% if done properly) and detonate any associated mines. (The preferred firing position is prone, with the butt of the rifle against the ground and the barrel elevated 45 degrees.) The system uses bullet trap technology, but can only hold one bullet. After used once with a live round, the system can only be used with the grenade-launching blanks, but it can be used indefinitely in this way. (The less powerful standard blank round will throw the hook about 20m, enough for training.) The system is also used by several NATO countries.-Stephen V Cole

 


Article Archive

Support: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close