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Old 4 July 2019, 00:49
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Nuclear Blast Simulator

4th of July has me thinking about the explosive simulators we used in the Army......anyone else remember or ever see what I remember as the Battlefield Nuclear Blast Simulator? IIRC it was about 2x the size of those large smoke pots.

I wish I had one for tomorrow.....
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Old 5 July 2019, 09:08
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Nukeblast is a pretty good one. Used this or one similar for emergency planning in the past - https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
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Old 5 July 2019, 09:41
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I had three of them back in the mid 90's. The ones that I had were pretty big, the size of a small garbage cans. It came in two pieces, one a "sound device" and one the "blast device". I got to light one off (took a car battery) when I say Bang it really went BANG!!!
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At Ft.Bragg in the late 70's one of our tasks in the summer was the training of college ROTC cadets. On year at the .45 range we decided to have some fun at their expense and placed a nuke simulator downrange. Then the range officer made a big show of carrying out a red painted ammo can and giving a bullshit lecture on the new " Top Secret" .45 round! With much fanfare and more bullshit, it was loaded up and fired, with the simultaneous setting off of the nuclear simulator! The look on there faces still makes me smile when i think about it....I am sure this shit would never happen in todays Army.
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Old 5 July 2019, 11:46
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Nukeblast is a pretty good one. Used this or one similar for emergency planning in the past - https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
That should keep DD busy for a while.
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That should keep DD busy for a while.
LMAO! Just load an old fridge with Tannerite.
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I just nuked my office - why am I here today?
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Old 5 July 2019, 13:02
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Old 5 July 2019, 13:52
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I had three of them back in the mid 90's. The ones that I had were pretty big, the size of a small garbage cans. It came in two pieces, one a "sound device" and one the "blast device". I got to light one off (took a car battery) when I say Bang it really went BANG!!!
That sound's like the one.

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At Ft.Bragg in the late 70's one of our tasks in the summer was the training of college ROTC cadets. On year at the .45 range we decided to have some fun at their expense and placed a nuke simulator downrange. Then the range officer made a big show of carrying out a red painted ammo can and giving a bullshit lecture on the new " Top Secret" .45 round! With much fanfare and more bullshit, it was loaded up and fired, with the simultaneous setting off of the nuclear simulator! The look on there faces still makes me smile when i think about it....I am sure this shit would never happen in todays Army.
Probably not......too much fun.
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Speaking of fireworks...

Back in the 90’s my A-10 squadron did quite a bit of JRTC support out of Barksdale AFB, which was a great opportunity to fill live fire squares at Redleg impact area.

We had MK-84s on the schedule one afternoon, and about 50 bombs into the second go we got a call from range control asking how many more we were planning on dropping.

“You guys are aware there’s a range limit on 2000 pounders right?”
“Uh, no.”
“Well wrap it up soon, folks in Leesville are calling in asking if you guys are dropping nukes.”
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Out at Ft Irwin CA we use to tie 5 or 6 Artillery Simulator together an set them off, it would cause a big cloud of dust in the air.

Heck only one of them would blow a probable shit house's to little bits of shit
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Speaking of fireworks...

Back in the 90’s my A-10 squadron did quite a bit of JRTC support out of Barksdale AFB, which was a great opportunity to fill live fire squares at Redleg impact area.

We had MK-84s on the schedule one afternoon, and about 50 bombs into the second go we got a call from range control asking how many more we were planning on dropping.

“You guys are aware there’s a range limit on 2000 pounders right?”
“Uh, no.”
“Well wrap it up soon, folks in Leesville are calling in asking if you guys are dropping nukes.”
Up at Drum the A-10s would come up from Syracuse routinely. There was a hard rock stratum though the impact area. Drop some 500s just right and it’d rumble the nearby towns pretty well. I don’t think they dropped heavier than Mk82s
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Speaking of fireworks...

Back in the 90’s my A-10 squadron did quite a bit of JRTC support out of Barksdale AFB, which was a great opportunity to fill live fire squares at Redleg impact area.

We had MK-84s on the schedule one afternoon, and about 50 bombs into the second go we got a call from range control asking how many more we were planning on dropping.

“You guys are aware there’s a range limit on 2000 pounders right?”
“Uh, no.”
“Well wrap it up soon, folks in Leesville are calling in asking if you guys are dropping nukes.”
Up at Drum the 16s would come up from Syracuse routinely. And 10s from I don’t know where. There was a hard rock stratum though the impact area. Drop some 500s just right and it’s rumble the nearby towns pretty well. I don’t think they dropped heavier than Mk82s
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Here's the folks that probably made it: https://www.inverse.com/article/3346...are-grucci-dod

The division that makes the nuke blast simulation devices is Pyrotechnique By Grucci. I can't find the illustration I recall from an FM that I read once upon a time, but I definitely remember the two-part construction. One was flash and blast, and the second was the mushroom cloud.
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FOUND IT! Atomic Explosion Simulator M142 (Army TM 9-1370-207-10, March 1991):
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I remember them at Fort Stewart being filled with 'molasses residium', a sticky brown fluid to simulate blister agent. One simulator would cover approx. a grid square with the gooey mess.
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Old 13 July 2019, 20:50
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Here's the folks that probably made it: https://www.inverse.com/article/3346...are-grucci-dod

The division that makes the nuke blast simulation devices is Pyrotechnique By Grucci. I can't find the illustration I recall from an FM that I read once upon a time, but I definitely remember the two-part construction. One was flash and blast, and the second was the mushroom cloud.
I'm thinking they won't sell me one......
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