Grappling Hook : What is it?
Grappling hooks, also known as grapnel hooks, are multipurpose tools used for holding or grappling on to a surface or obstacle. They are attached to ropes to be projected or thrown at a distance. Together with ropes and trip wires, they were originally used by soldiers to detonate mines or climb elevated areas by projecting them from a standoff position. Today, they are used as climbing tools in mountaineering and as anchors for boats and ships.
Kinds of Grappling Hooks include the following:
Hand-thrown grappling hooks
Hand-thrown grappling hooks are designed to be thrown by hand.
They are used with light ropes measuring 60 meters or longer.
They have a throwing range of not more than 25 meters.
When detonating mines, the user is required to seek cover before the hand-thrown grappling hook touches the ground in case the impact causes the mine to detonate.
Weapon-launched grappling hooks
Weapon-launched grappling hooks are designed to be launched or ejected by rifles.
They are used with light ropes measuring 150 meters.
They are commonly fired from M16A1 or M16A2 rifles with M855 cartridges.
They are pushed into the muzzle of the rifles with the opening oriented towards the target such as a minefield or a mountain peak.
They should be fired 25 meters away from the target and aimed at a 30- to 40-degree angle for maximum range.
They travel 75 to 100 meters from the user's position.
|Edges: Choose grappling hooks with solid, sturdy, and pointed edges to ensure stable and secure attachment or hooking to a target. Always pull the rope first to know if the hook has been deployed effectively before climbing or swinging on it.|
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