WW1 US Army – MK. 1 HE FRAGMENTATION GRENADE BODY – VERY RARE!

$299.99

1 in stock

Description

You are bidding on a SUPERB and 100% INERT example of a WW1 US Army Mk.1 HE Fragmentation Grenade Body!
When the US entered the war in 1917, they were not prepared to say the least. Initially they used British and French grenades, and continued to do so throughout the war, mainly for logistical reasons. The US however, wanted to have a grenade of their own. The US grenade was modeled on several types already in use on the Western Front. The grenade was made from malleable iron, in roughly a lemon shape and weighed 22 ounces. The body of the grenade is coated with a rust proofing agent which turned the metal black in appearance. Typically, these grenades supposed to be painted grey to indicate they were live. The bottom of the grenade has a filling port with a screw plug, and the top had an opening that was threaded to take the fuse.  The main problem with this grenade was the fuse, which required 5 steps to use the grenade, and during combat, if all the steps were not completed and the grenade was thrown, it would not go off. The grenade was condemned in May of 1918. However, by August the MK 2 was in service to replace the MK 1.

Made of iron, this item is a VERY NICE example!  It retains 95% of the original finish, with only slight marks and wear.  Features some cast numbers into the side.  No fuse, but this the head, but one could be added by the winning bidder.  Overall a VERY NICE example, PERFECT item for any collection or display!

 

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