In the heat of battle, one can always lose track of their ammunition supply of such weapons as Frag/Smoke grenades, PIAT round, 2" mortar HE rounds and Flamethrower fuel supply. One way of helping keep track of your supply is my using a counter, here are the ones I use.
- Junior Leader: 2 Frag and 2 Smoke grenades
- Senior Leader 3 Frag and 3 smoke grenades.
|Each base can accommodate 4-5 beads|
|I used Perry plastic bases.|
|The black beads represent Frag grenade while the white ones represent Smoke grenades.|
First step is adjusting the bead to accommodate a magnet, is to cut a small portion from a bamboo skewer and secure in place within the bead with super glue.
Next step, secure a tiny earth magnet on top of the piece of skewer that has been placed within the bead.
Then paint the bamboo part of the bead to match the colour of the bead.
Next to secure a circular sheet of metal on top of the Perry base with superglue, coat the top of the metal surface with a thin layer of super glue, add some flock and paint the edges of the base black.
|Once the Team starts using Grenades, you can place the marker with the beads next to the Team, as they use the grenades, remove one of the beads, here the Team has one Frag and no Smoke grenades.|
|No grenades left.|
|One Frag and Smoke grenade left.|
|As with all things I started to simplify my Frag/Smoke counter into this counter which has superseded the previous one.|
|I used metal rods and with the help of my hand motor I shaped the rod into grenades, I also soldered metal ring pins on each of them. The two on the left are Frag grenades and the one of the right is a Smoke grenade.|
|This Team has 3 Frag grenades left but no Smoke grenades.|
|This 2"mortar team still has 3 HE rounds.|
|The marker also be used to keep track of other weapons ammo supply.|