Often in airsoft competitions, the idea of creating some form of explosive device is raised. After all, it’s just not a simulated form of combat unless you are also hucking things in addition to blasting each other with foam pellets at high speeds. But that’s pretty hard to do with airsoft pellets. Unless it seems you are airsoft innovations that have invented the effects of Tornado grenade.
It’s actually a pretty clever piece of technology. Powered by propane, the grenade has no moving parts to track, even if you want to keep an eye on the pin. You just fill it with pellets, gas it up, and when you’re ready, pull the pin and throw it.
As you can imagine, it beats off on impact, not on a timer, and in fact, they can give you a good shake it and it will still be functional. The spiral design inside means it can shed pellets in a full, three-dimensional explosion. It is also built, as you may have guessed, to take much abuse. In fact, Airsoft Innovations claims that they still have to actually break their own grenade, although of course they will keep trying.
If the idea behind it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s at least something based on an actual tactical weapon. The GSG-9, essentially in Germany version of Special Weapons and Tactics, has a weapon that works on similar principles called the stingball grenade . When triggered, spray the area with rubber pellets; it hurts, how would you not believe, considering you have dozens of highly compressed rubber balls hitting you, but it will not kill you.
On the other hand, they are also hard to find for sale and they are sort of a one-time item, so really, they’re better off just to buy the impact Tornado. It is currently available at Amazon for $ 100.