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Gee, in 2070 what group of people can't exactly file criminal complaints when someone sells them defective frag grenades? And if someone will knowingly sell then to the damn FBI...

To quote someone who handled them:
"weren't these the POS that had a habit of going bang when you pulled the pin, striker would fire BEFORE the spoon was released when part of the structure would crack in a not really visible way???"

Government indicts Byron munitions company
Pyrotechnic Specialties Inc. contracted with the Department of Defense between 1996 and 2007
By Amy Leigh Womack

A Byron company that manufactures munitions for the government and law- enforcement agencies has been indicted on charges that it defrauded the government by relabeling and selling defective diversionary grenades to the FBI.

David J. Karlson, CEO of Byron-based Pyrotechnic Specialties Inc., two employees and the company itself are named in the federal indictment. Among the charges are conspiracy, money laundering, and conspiracy to defraud the government.

According to the indictment, Pyrotechnic Specialties contracted with the Department of Defense between 1996 and 2007 to be a manufacturer of diversionary grenades, commonly known as "flash bang" or "stun grenades" used to confuse and disorient a potential threat.

The grenades cause a bright flash and a loud, nonlethal blast that interferes with an enemy's sensory perception, U.S Attorney Max Wood said in a new conference this morning that also included representatives from the FBI, Naval Criminal Investigation Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the IRS' criminal investigations unit and the Environmental Protection Agency's criminal investigation division.

The grenades, known as the MK141, were developed by the Navy and were to be used by members of the Special Forces Operations, the Marine Corps and the Army, according to the indictment. A slightly different model was developed for use by civilian law enforcement agencies.

In March 2003, a flaw was discovered in the original Navy design of the grenade, Wood said. "The plastic lug would sometimes crack because of the pressure exerted ," he said.

As a result, the Department of Defense issued a stop-work order on April 29, 2004, so the flaw could be corrected, according to the indictment.

Pyrotechnics Specialties developed a correction for the defect, but to sell the flawed grenades, the company allegedly schemed to relabel the devices for resale and claim that they met military standards, Wood said.

Jaclyn Zappacosta, an assistant FBI agent in charge of the Atlanta field office, said Pyrotechnics Specialties was the FBI's sole provider of "flash bang" grenades from 2000 to 2005.

In that time, the FBI received about 41 shipments, costing more than a half-million dollars, she said.

Three FBI agents were injured on Oct. 14, 2004, during a kidnapping investigation when a defective "flash bang" grenade prematurely detonated while it was still in a SWAT team agent's tactical vest pocket, according to the indictment.

All three agents were seriously injured.
Shit like this makes me glad that I'm going Air Force instead of either of the Infantry branches. Seriously, what the heck? Blackwater rips off the government and suddenly every U.S. arms manufacturer thinks they can get away with fraud. Lock 'em up.
Rotbart van Dainig
QUOTE (kzt @ May 29 2008, 07:52 PM) *
Gee, in 2070 what group of people can't exactly file criminal complaints when someone sells them defective frag grenades?

Those who skip that whole legal stage and simply torture and kill the one who came up with the bright idea - so others will beware.
Hmmm... Something to consider if PCs turn over a glitch when procuring munitions. Not hugely likely to happen in game though, since the team member who does all the buying is rolling enough dice that glitches are very unlikely, and they probably aren't going to be buying grenades so very very often.

This particular grenade doesn't always do it. It's actually pretty uncommon, like 1%. But it only take one... It's very difficult to spot unless you have a bad one to examine.

And you can get the same thing with ammo lots that failed QC and were "destroyed". The ones where it turns out the primers were bad or the round was overcharged. So it's either "click" or "Kaboom".
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