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Grenades as a target?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by yakimaman, Dec 10, 2011.

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  1. yakimaman

    yakimaman Well-Known Member

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    I was doing some research on WWI trench guns and found this:

    "The Model 1897 was used by American troops for other purposes in World War I other than a force multiplier. American soldiers who were skilled at trap shooting were armed with these guns and stationed where they could fire at enemy hand grenades in midair.[2] This would deflect the grenades from falling into the American trenches and therefore protect American soldiers."

    Now that's a way to improve your shooting - miss your target and it lands at your feet and blows you up.

    rm
     
  2. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

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    Please post a link to where you found that.

    Thanks,

    Gary
     
  3. Coyote 270

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Model_1897#Military_use
     
  4. rocko

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    My Father, a WWII Vet told me that there were grenade shooting exercises in boot camp but he did not get to play.
     
  5. kiv-c

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    Too bad that all (or most all) the WW1 vets are dead; it would be interesting to hear if anyone actually deflected a grenade in the air!
     
  6. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Not many FTF's called back then I imagine.....
     
  7. ccw1911

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    WW1 was mostly trench, they used the shotguns on carrier pigeons too.
     
  8. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Shooting a grenade in mid-air with 9-pellet 2-3/4" buckshot with a cylinder bore choke?

    I think we need TS.com Mythbuster Neil Winston to make test patterns.
     
  9. DecalDude

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    Well saw them shoot a mellon out of the air on Rocket City Rednecks with a 243. Not my idea of safety shooting a high power rifle in the air, but it can be done.

    Jerry
     
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    WWI Vets have all passed. The last, an Australian, this year, I believe. An English lady that served as a cook is still alive. However, she was never close to any combat.
     
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    That's what I call "MOTIVATION"
     
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    Good one for Mythbusters.
     
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    Mythbusters..... They need to be careful here as they just blew a hole in some guys house with one of their cannon experiments.

    Tom
     
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    Would give a whole new meaning to the word "Choked" if you missed.
     
  15. whiz white

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    Well, you'd only be a poor shot for a very short period of time!
     
  16. grntitan

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    Good point Whiz. Likely just once. LOL
     
  17. wolfram

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    I won't call BS on this but it seems pretty unlikely. Probably have a better chance of actually deflecting a grenade with a rifle bullet.

    You would think that a trench battle would keep the soldiers busy trying to get a shot off on the enemy and not looking for an aerial target that they had little chance of stopping.
     
  18. Brian in Oregon

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    Wouldn't it be better to shoot the guy throwing the grenade before he finishes his windup?
     
  19. yansica1

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    Hitting an incoming hand thrown grenade is certainly possible in controlled situations but in combat? Absolutely no chance, and in any case you would only set it off anyway, only from a greater height allowing it to do even more damage. Old wives tale I am afraid.
     
  20. folothru

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    there was a movie about combat in nam where a guy shot a gernade lobbed at them i cant remember what the name was .also a friend that was in Nam said he carried a 12 ga. on patrol along with his rifle , he said in the bush the slugs and 00 buck was better than the rifle
     
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