Original German WWII 1942 dated M24 Stick Grenade by Vossloh-Werke GmbH - Stielhandgranate

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an extremely rare M1924, M24,  or "Stielhandgranate (stalk hand grenade) 24" German Stick Grenade, often called a "potato masher". This example, acquired from the family of a WWII veteran, has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. The warhead still unscrews, though the detonator is not included. It still retains its original paint, and the original markings can be seen on the handle of the grenade.

The warhead is in very nice condition and easily unscrews from the shaft. It still has most of the original green paint, and the top of the grenade does have markings, but due to paint bubbling they cannot be read accurately.

The wood shaft handle is very nice, with the wood in good shape, though there is discoloration and wear, as shown. The shaft is stamped 42 flf, indicating 1942 manufactuer by Vossloh-Werke GmbH in Westfalen, an explosives maker usually associated with "sticky bombs." Next to this is a Waffenamt WaA 594 marking. The lower screw cap is complete and unscrews, though it is definitely worn from age and use. The shaft is correctly hollow to allow the internal components and porcelain "donut" bead with pull string, which have been removed.

In WWII the stick of the German M24 (Model 24) grenade provided a lever, significantly improving the throwing distance. The Model 24 could be thrown approximately 30 to 40 yards, whereas the British Mills bomb could only be thrown about 15 yards. The design also minimized the risk of the grenade rolling downhill back towards the thrower when used in hilly terrain or in urban areas. These grenades were extremely useful for clearing out entrenched infantry positions.

As grenades were disposable, encountering them on the market is very rare, making this an excellent opportunity to acquire one to complete a WWII ordnance collection.

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