Infantry platoons bristle with direct-fire weapons, but everyone loves a grenade. Grenades give ground troops the ability to send a big boom of fire and shrapnel over a wall or hedgerow, inside a window, or wherever else you can wing one. The catch, of course, is that a hand grenade’s range tops out at roughly 40 meters, depending on whether the grenade-hurler tried out for the minors before joining the military.

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Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline

The most bored I’ve ever been in my life was as a Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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