Read my post above slowly (joke!).
For some reason you are now implying, that I cast doubt upon whether or not a hand stopped fragments from a grenade.
Im not. I dont doubt that. Im just telling you, that what you saw, sure as s**t wasnt shrapnel. Pay attention.
What you saw were fragments from a hand grenade - not 'shrapnel.'
I believe you 100% when you claim, that a hand stopped some fragments from a hand grenade.
But that does not change the fact, that Shrapnel went out with WWI. Its a way of piling metal on the enemy that has gone the way of the Dodo.
Like so many others, you are using the archaic word 'shrapnel' as a generic term for every piece of metal from any kind of grenade no matter what the size.
Many others do that too - that how ever does not make it right.
Say it slowly: Fragments! Splinters!