AN/M14 incendiary grenade

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AN/M14 incendiary grenade. This is a pre-1987 example with the old color scheme (grey body with purple markings), modern examples have a red body with black markings.
AN/M14 incendiary grenade. This is the modern color scheme and latest body variant which seems to be based on the M83 Smoke Grenade rather than the older AN/M8 smoke grenade casing. Intermediate models exist with the older body design but the newer markings.

The AN/M14 incendiary grenade or M14 incendiary grenade is an extremely high-temperature incendiary grenade developed by the United States. It uses the same sheet metal body and fuze as the AN/M8 smoke grenade (newer-production grenades seem to have switched to using the body of the M83 Smoke Grenade instead), but the filler is 26.5 ounces of TH3, a mixture of iron thermate, barium nitrate, sulfur and a binding chemical. This mixture burns at 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,200 degrees Celsius) for 35-40 seconds, long enough to burn through a half-inch thick steel plate, and produces its own oxygen, meaning it can even burn underwater.

It is primarily used to sabotage enemy equipment, particularly vehicle engines, communications gear and heavy guns since the grenade produces molten iron which can weld components together as it cools. It does not have a bursting fuze: the thermate simply burns through the grenade body when it ignites. Because of this, the grenade has to be placed in direct contact with (ideally on top of) whatever it is being used against. The AN/M14 was also issued to aircrews (hence it getting the AN prefix) and could be used as a seamarker (since it would happily burn on water and burns incredibly brightly, enough to cause serious retinal damage at close range if the user looks directly at it) or for the destruction of sensitive equipment like radios and radars after a crash to prevent their capture.

The AN/M14 Incendiary Grenade appears in the following films and video games used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Thing Larry Franco The Norwegian 1982
Black Hawk Down Delta Force soldiers 2001
The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead Kate Lloyd 2011
The Thing Jørgen Langhelle Lars 2011
Skyfall Javier Bardem Raoul Silva 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notes Release Date
America's Army 3 2009
America's Army 2002
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men 2007
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix 2002
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006
Team Fortress 2 Recolored, unusable 2007
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008
Project Reality: Falklands 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam 2012
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier As the "Incendiary" 2012

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