The 5 cm Leichter Granatwerfer 36 (lighter grenade launcher), is a German 5cm light mortar that saw service in early World War II. Also known by the designation 5 cm leGrW 36, it was developed by Rheinmetall-Borsig and put into service in 1936. As with most small caliber mortars, it was intended as a long range grenade launcher, having greater accuracy than rifle-launched grenades. It was used to attack small targets that were beyond the range of a thrown hand grenade. It was lightweight and easily transported, making it a great option for increasing
the range and firepower of infantry.
However, as with many early-war German weapons, it was somewhat over-engineered. As originally issued, it came with a complex optical sight, which was done away with in 1938. Production was then stopped in 1941, due to the 5 cm leGrW 36 being too small for the intended role. The shells it fired were not powerful enough, and the range was limited. After this it was used mainly by second line troops until the end of the war.
Made of seel, this item is in EXCELLENT used condition! It was manufactured between 1939 and 1941, and features MUCH of its original paint and finish! This is the RARE training variant, that never comes up on the market (this is the only one I ahve seen in the last 10 years). Everything is 100% original. Some slight splitting on the plastic sleeve, but nothing that detrats. Some slight marks and wear, but there are no breaks or damage! Marking indicated a production date of 1938. A PERFECT item for any collection or display!