M61, a variant of the M26 (manufactured in May 1969)
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States, Israel, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Portugal, South Africa|
|Wars||Vietnam War, Falklands War|
|Timed Friction Fuse|
The M26 is a fragmentation grenade developed by the United States military. Its distinct lemon shape led it to being nicknamed the "lemon grenade".
Fragmentation is caused by a special fragmentation coil that lies between the outer layer and explosive filling. The coil is designed so that fragmentation will not exceed a radius of 15m, allowing for a more controlled blast that is less likely to injure the thrower than previous designs.
The M26 emergesEdit
The M26 was developed as a result of the studies on the Mk 2. Unlike its previous counterpart, its fragmentation does not exceed a radius 15 m and its fuse creates no tell-tale smoke or sparks.
The M26 series was the primary fragmentation grenade used by American forces in the Vietnam War.
The M26 series was replaced by the M67 grenade after the Vietnam War.
The M26A1 is an M26 that has fragmentation serrations against the explosive filling.
The M26A2 is an M26A2 modified to accept an impact fuze. It is slightly fatter than the M26A1.
The M61 is the M26A1 with an extra safety (called the "jungle clip") attached to the lever. This is to prevent detonations in case the pin is accidentally pulled (such as because of it hanging from a soldier's uniform).