Scott672.....yes you are right, Twidgets. however i've also heard mechanics call EM's and ET's the wire biters. But Twidget is more like it. And I like torp ranges,you can die without dying. and usually it's the sonarmen that are responsible for that. However the one thing that is more scary than "torpedo in the water!" would be ORSE. Unfortunately only you and I would get that without explaination but I'm not sure i'd want to subject anyone else to that horror.
About the practice torpedos. When we were down in Australia playing with the Aussie's, we fired actual torpedo without warheads. Now we were testing a new type of torpedo for them, but in that exercise we did fire real torpedos. The large scale wargames, i.e. RimPac07, no actual torpedos are fired.
WWII story: My uncle was aboard a frigate in 87-90. During a port call in the Philippines he and some shipmates went to the beeches to look at the WWII tanks and bombed out shelters of the war and to collect any souvenirs they could find. Well one of the guys starts picking up cylinders. But the sand is so caked onto it, he finds a nearby tank(blown up)to use to knock off the sand. As my uncle came over to look at the find, it soon became apparent to my uncle that what was being banged up againt this tank by his friend was an unused mortar round and his friend had no idea what it was. As you can imagine my uncle Dave didn't bring it home with him, but he did collect several large calibar rounds(spent of course) and a few other trinkets.