AN/M8 smoke grenade

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The AN/M8 smoke grenade appears in the following films and video games used by the following actors:


AN/M8 Smoke Grenade

AN/M8 smoke grenade

Standard white burning-type smoke grenade developed in the 1940s with a 1.2-2.0 second fuze, using hexachloroethane-zinc (HC) filler, producing a smoke screen for 105-150 seconds depending on weather conditions. Warnings issued with the grenade state it is not to be used in enclosed spaces unless soldiers are wearing breathing gear, due to producing "harmful hydrochloric fumes." The actual dangerous chemical produced is zinc chloride, which is caustic, can cause serious respiratory problems, and displaces oxygen in enclosed spaces. The steel grenade casing also becomes very hot when the grenade is producing smoke, to the point it can cause fires.

As a result of this, any AN/M8 appearing in a live-action production is likely a replica or empty shell dispensing a much more actor-friendly smoke mixture. As of the September 2000 version of FM 3-23.30 ("grenades and pyrotechnic signals") the AN/M8 was listed as obsolete.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter AN-M8 MP only 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "AN/M8 HC" 2007
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 AN-M8 PC version only 2007
Medal of Honor: Warfighter not usable 2012
Project Reality: Normandy 2013


Title Character Notation Release Date
Jormungand In the episode "Vein" 2012

M83 Smoke Grenade

M83 smoke grenade

Version of the AN/M8 using less toxic terephthalic acid (TA or TPA) filler instead of hexachloroethane-zinc (HC). Originally designed in the 1990s purely for use as a training grenade, but has since started to replace the AN/M8 in combat: in 2009, the word "training" was removed from its description in FM 3-23.30 ("Grenades and Pyrotechnic Signals").

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
America's Army 2002
Battlefield 2 2005
Close Combat: First to Fight 2005
Project Reality 2005
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
America's Army 3 2009
Marines: Modern Urban Combat 2010
Battlefield Play4Free 2011
Project Reality: Falklands 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam As the "M18 smoke grenade" 2012

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