Often, in airsoft competitions, the idea is raised of creating some form of explosive device. After all, it’s just not a simulated form of combat unless you’re also hucking things at each other in addition to blasting each other with foam pellets at high speeds. But that’s pretty hard to do with airsoft pellets. Unless, apparently, you’re Airsoft Innovations, who have invented the impact tornado grenade.
It’s actually a pretty clever piece of engineering. Powered by propane, the grenade has no moving parts to keep track of, although you will want to keep an eye on the pin. You simply fill it with pellets, gas it up, and when you’re ready, pull the pin and throw.
As you might guess, it goes off on impact, not on a timer, and in fact they claim you can give it a good shake and it’ll still be functional. The spiral design inside means it can throw off pellets in a full, three-dimensional blast. It’s also built, as you may have guessed, to take a lot of abuse. In fact Airsoft Innovations claims that they’ve yet to actually break their own grenade, although of course they’re going to keep trying.
If the idea behind this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s at least somewhat based on an actual tactical weapon. The GSG-9, essentially Germany’s version of Special Weapons and Tactics, has a weapon that works on similar principles called the stingball grenade. When triggered, it sprays the area with rubber pellets; it hurts like you wouldn’t believe, considering you’ve got dozens of highly compressed rubber balls hitting you, but it won’t kill you.
On the other hand, they’re also hard to find for sale and they’re kind of a one-use item, so really, you’re better off just buying the impact tornado. It’s currently available at Amazon for $100.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.