Original German WWII M24 Inert Stick Grenade - Stielhandgranate 24
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 a private collector, has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. The warhead still unscrews. It still retains its original paint, as well as the bottom screw cap for the pull cord.
The warhead still has some of the original blue-black paint, however most has flaked off, revealing the red primer coat. The paint has flaked in places due to corrosion. The rest of the metal fittings are in a similar condition.
The wood shaft of the grenade is in very good condition. The shaft has spots of cosmetic imperfections but these are only surface imperfections, the strength and integrity of the wood handle is excellent. The fittings on the shaft are a bit loose, due to the wood shrinking, and age.
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 are not included on this example.
In WW2 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, especially with the original pull string and weight, making this an excellent opportunity to acquire one to complete a WW2 ordnance collection.
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