S.W.A.T Airsoft (Blank Firing Grenade) shop.
I spoke with Blank Firing grenade and swat about reviewing their products and they were very pleased that I would be reviewing their items. They were very helpful with the order even before they knew I was reviewing the items. They got my signed disclaimer and processed my order very quickly.
The Item in this review can be found on Swats website which can be found on this link here.
Nicely packed within its own container which is a strong tube and this was then inside a tough and heavily padded jiffy bag. I found that there was sufficient packaging on the item for it to be thrown about and still not cause any damage to the parcel. There were live blanks in the parcel and they survived happily as well.
I had the item delivered by Royal mail with the special delivery before 1pm option. It was delivered next day and was within 10 minutes of the parcel being over the 1pm cut off. The postman looked ever so nervous handing me the package. Not because of the contents as there was no indication of what they were on the package but because if he had gone over the 1pm cut off then he would have been in trouble. The speed of which the Item was dispatched after ordering it and it arriving was brilliant. If I was going to a game on Saturday, I could be in confidence that ordering it Thursday before last post that I would have it the next day for that game. The item was posted just before Christmas too so that was even more of a good deal on the postage.
Getting the parcel off the postman I became a little kid at heart, I wanted to rip the parcel open and look at the contents. I resisted it, got my camera and started the unpacking for this review. Opening all the parts up and having a look. The training grenade is exactly 100% identical to a previously used BFG. I wish I had bought the BFG when I did but now I have this VTG and if looks could sum it all up and even the review right here and now then I would give it a 10/10 and walk away. But that’s not what I intend to do here. I’m going to use this in woodland games and maybe some CQB if its allowed. Running 9mm blanks only as I respect other peoples hearing and most sites will only allow 9mm Blanks. I quickly photographed everything and then read all the instructions and operating manuals that came with the grenade. I did the test fire to make sure transit had not damaged anything and I was grinning from ear to ear. I could not wait to put this to the test.
The dimensions of the grenade are as follows:
The grenade weights xxxg and as the instructions says; it’s a heavy item to be thrown about so use it safely as the instructions say.
Here is what the safety document that you have to agree to before purchasing as VTF product says (I edited them to just reflect Blank firing usage):
Important Safety & Usage Instructions
What follows are important safety and usage instructions about your product and use thereof. If at any point you are in any doubt about the safe use, storage or applications of your product seek advice directly from us before use.
No pyrotechnic, explosive, or blank firing device should be purchased by (or attempted to be purchased by) anyone under the age of 18. All purchasers of such devices must be able to prove their credibility by providing us with full usage data.
No pyrotechnic, explosive, or blank firing device will be used in a public area, and must on be used as defined in the usage data provided by the purchaser. No pyrotechnic, explosive, or blank firing device should be used by anyone under the age of 18.
No pyrotechnic, explosive, or blank firing device will be exported outside of Mainland UK.
No pyrotechnic, explosive, or blank firing device will be sold to anyone who has not signed and returned to us a copy of this agreement and disclaimer and product registration document, which we will hold on file in accordance with Data Protection regulations and home office requirements.
Storage & Transportation:
We suggest storing in a strong, fireproof metal container with only one pyrotechnic in each compartment. Ensure the containers marked to reflect the contents. Do not store the container near any heat source.
Never transport or carry these products in pockets.
Never carry a `strike able’ or ignitable pyrotechnic with the striker cap attached (or loose) in the same pouch or container.
At all times keep away from high temperatures and away from direct sunlight.
At all times keep away from children and minors, old persons, and persons who are unaware of the application of the product.
Blank Firing / Cold Burn / No Flame Pyrotechnics:
Only use approved blank rounds “NEVER ATTEMPT TO USE LIVE ROUNDS”
Never use any blank round over 9mm indoors. Never use 12g (12 gauge shotgun) rounds.
For the blank firing grenade, ensure grenade is properly primed and safety pin is securely fitted before loading, and the top of the grenade handle is being held against the body of the grenade thus preventing the grenade handle from triggering the firing pin before inserting any blank round.
After priming, we recommend allowing a minimum amount time of 30 seconds before loading a round into the top of the grenade, using the adaptor supplied.
Ensure the top of the grenade is securely screwed on to the body of the grenade, using the correct adaptor supplied.
Hold handle into/against grenade body at all times prior to pulling the pin. When pin is pulled from grenade, throw away instantly. Only release the handle on the grenade as it is leaving your hand in a throw.
Always throw underarm, in a controlled manner and at a short distance.
Never throw at another person or animal. Never throw indiscriminately.
We strongly suggest wearing protective clothing including gloves and face and eye protection before handling these products.
Disposal or transfer of pyrotechnics and ownership of your blank firing device:
The disposal of any pyrotechnics or spent casings is your responsibility and should not be left on site to reduce environmental impact.
This would include shell casings from blank firing grenades or similar devices.
In the event of you selling your blank firing device, we would require you to advise us in writing on whom you sold your device to; this is a home office requirement and is good record keeping.
This can be done either by email or through our website under the required transfer web pages. Failure from your part to transfer ownership makes you liable for the device.
Ease of priming:
The grenade is very easy to prime, gloves on, off or covered in mud you are able to unscrew the cap, use the tool supplied to prime the firing mechanism. It is a little hard to insert the blank into the grenade with gloves on but you can do it.
Ideally you should only take out 1 blank at a time for the grenade but if you are going to be taking more out make sure you keep them well protected and in a pouch that can be discarded easily should you have a problem with the grenade/blanks. I keep my blanks inside my large admin pouch in the protective case that they were supplied in. I have yet to have any problems as they are protected from shots by the fastmags in front of the pouch. The grenade I keep in my dump pouch currently as I don’t have a grenade pouch for it to be carried in.
Ease of use and deployment:
The grenade is very easy to deploy. Pull the pin, holding the tab in so as not to set the timer in motion before you want to deploy it. Underarm throw it as far as you need to, roll it if your indoors and then wait for a lot of people to either run or be killed and shout hit. I’ve even used the grenade with no shell in before and shot the runners. They make for great fun to use.
The initial costs for purchasing the grenade are as follows:
Blanks: £12 for 50x 9mm
Postage: £7.55 (1Kg)
Put that cost to the use it will get and how easy it is to reload in the field. As long as you keep your blanks safe then you have no issues with carrying spares out into the field. If you put it in a silly place where someone is going to shoot it then don’t take any spares out. I found that having a small tin with cotton wool in it to protect the blanks and then put that into my admin pouch was nice and safe. The grenade was kept in my spare dump pouch. I was not going to have the look of keeping it on my vest held just by the firing pin as the weight could easily pull the pin out.
I never used pyrotechnics before in any games due to costs. You could get 4 grenades for £10 at my last game site and these were 1 use only. So if every game I went to I spent £10 on grenades then easily within 12 games I will have recouped the cost of this grenade. Especially as the blanks for the grenade are £12 for 50x 9mm blanks. You can get other sizes but most sites only allow 9mm for HSE reasons.
If I had the money to do so I would take one of these grenades and see how much it would take to destroy one (It would make for a very interesting video), but for now I will just be throwing it around the game sites, my back garden and patio to try and simulate as much abuse as I can. I will keep this review updated should the grenade ever fail on me. The grenades can be sent for repair should they fail as SWAT offers a servicing option for the grenades.
So far I have thrown the grenade (under arm) on to the patio and had it bounce off walls. This was with the firing pin in the compressed position with both the pin in and out. I had the pin in to test that if I had the grenade all set up for a game in a pouch and it fell out it wouldn’t go off upon hitting the floor. At all times I made sure no blank was in the grenade. Once I was satisfied that the pin held I then did the same styles of tests with a blank in the grenade. I went to my local paintball site (which used to be for Airsoft too) and got permission to go throw the grenade around it the woods to test its resilience and durability. With a blank in the grenade there was no misfires at all so this shows that yes you can leave it primed but always treat it with respect. If it falls out of the pouch run away because it may go off if the pin has fallen out. If after 5 seconds there is no bang you know you can retrieve it.
I love this grenade it is so much fun. I want more. If I had the money now I would order 3 or 4 more so that I had enough to not have to keep reloading straight away which takes me out of the game for a few minutes.
The grenade is well constructed and has taken a hell of a lot of abuse. More than I suspect any loving owner would put theirs through (I’ve thrown this around my garden at very hard surfaces with a lot of force).
If you have a cheaper source of blanks than Swat then you have an exceptionally cheap grenade after offsetting the initial costs but even with the cost of £12 for 50 blanks it is very cheap alternative.
Made in the UK, sold in the UK and so fun to use and just keep reloading them and they are useable a lot (as long as the site allows them). Great fun, great item and I would recommend them to anyone out there. Keep up the good work on these grenades.
Weight and dimensions: 8/10
Ease of priming: 8/10
Cost effectiveness: 8/10
Enjoyment factor: 10/10
Originally posted 2013-04-14 08:00:06.