Original Egyptian Yom Kippur War Era Inert Rare HOSAM Type II Anti-Tank Grenade - Complete

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of an Egyptian HOSAM Type II Anti-Tank grenade, one of the rarest grenades you can find! The grenade, although complete, is totally inert and in compliance per the current BATF regulations governing ordnance.

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An anti-tank grenade is a specialized hand-thrown grenade used to defeat armored targets. Although their inherently short range limits the usefulness of grenades, troops can lie in ambush or maneuver under cover to exploit the limited outward visibility of the crew in a target vehicle. Hand launched anti-tank grenades became redundant with the introduction of standoff rocket propelled grenades.

Grenades were first used against armored vehicles during World War I, but it wasn't until World War II when more effective shaped charge anti-tank grenades were produced. AT grenades are unable to penetrate the armor of modern tanks, but may still damage lighter vehicles.

This is the Egyptian HOSAM Type 2, a hand-thrown high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) grenade with a PIBD (Point Initiating Base Detonating) spit-back fuzing system.

The fuze striker is locked in place by two safety blocks attached to a ribbon with a lead weight.

The safety blocks and ribbon are held in position by the outer casing of the grenade and the safety cap, both of which are unfortunately cracked.

The safety cap is held in position by a safety pin which is still present.

The safety pin and safety cap is removed before the grenade is thrown.

When the grenade is thrown, the hinged outer cover opens and falls away. Both of the leather hinges are still present and undamaged.

This allows the lead strip to unwind the ribbon attached to the safety blocks which pulls them away from the striker so that only the creep spring keeps the striker away from the detonator. The tab that attaches to the lead weight is unfortunately broken due to rust damage.

As the outer cover falls away from the grenade a spring is released which deploys a tube-shaped cloth stabilizer which is slightly torn in places and stained, but still appears to be complete.

A wonderful example of an extremely rare anti-tank grenade. Perfect for the ordnance collector. Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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