Original German WWII 5cm Leichter Granatwerfer 36 Display Mortar - Museum Grade
Original Item: One-Only Available. Totally non-functional and inert having been demilled according to specifications outlined by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).
This is something you don't see every day, and is the very best condition example we have ever seen. 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.
As with many mounts and complicated weapons, different parts of this Grenatwerfer 36 were made by different contractors. The mortar tube is marked with the serial number and various other codes and dates:
FL 2230 clu 1940
"clu" stands for Enzinger-UnionWerke AG,
The level, elevation and traversal mechanism is marked:
The base plate is marked with the serial number, maker code, and date:
That means this entire mortar was built at one factory and has not been apart since the day it was constructed. All parts are matched!
Overall this mortar is in museum grade excellent condition. The markings are clear, and the mortar bears waffenampt proofs throughout. The original bubble levels are intact and functional! The traverse and elevation mechanism works perfect. The leveling knobs are both functional, and the firing trigger still moves back and forth. The cleaning rod is present as is the hard to find cleaning rod brush as well as the lid for the cleaning rod container. This mortar features all original paint and is about as close as you can get to an unissued example!
This display mortar would be perfect for Museum exhibit or premier Great War collection. Very rarely seen, will not last long!
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