Original German WWII M24 Stick Grenade Dated 1937 by Richard Rinker GmbH

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an extremely rare M1924, M24, or "Stielhandgranate 24" German Stick Grenade, often called a "potato masher". This example has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. The warhead still unscrews. It still retains its original paint, and the original markings can be seen on the head and shaft of the grenade.

The front of the war head has white stenciled writing that reads Vor Gebrauch Sprengkapsel Einsetzen (Before use insert detonator). The head has all original paint which has bubbled in many areas traces of classic red German wartime primer paint showing through underneath. Rust and exposure wear also present, but overall totally solid.

The wood shaft of the grenade is marked  ЯR 1937. This code corresponds to Richard Rinker GmbH, Neubrandenburg in Mecklenburg. The lower screw cap is absent. The shaft is correctly hollow to allow the internal components. The shaft was exposed to water or moisture and has split in areas but overall it is solid.

This example appears to have been dug up pr recovered sometime after WWII like a time capsule that was waiting to be discovered.

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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