Grenades fascinate me because it’s the technological advancement of going from throwing a rock and hitting your enemy, to hitting your enemy with a rock that explodes—and you don’t even have to hit them for it to be effective. They’re also pretty savage, and I don’t take the harm they have done to servicemen and women lightly.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the WW I museum in Kansas City where there is a really great display of early hand grenades. They had grenades in much earlier wars, of course, but WWI is where their use really came of age. They were pretty damn useful in trench warfare, and there was even a nighttime grenade battle July 26-27, 1916 on the Pozières Heights where, over a period of more than 12 hours, Australians and British exchanged grenades with Germans. Many types of grenades were reportedly thrown that night and to give you some idea of how many, I’ve read where the Allies threw 15,000 Mills bomb grenades alone and that soldiers who weren’t killed collapsed from exhaustion caused by throwing.
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.
In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.