Original German WWII M24 Stick Grenade Dated 1942 by Witwe Wilhelm von Hagen - Inert

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 is totally inert and 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 warhead of the grenade.

The warhead is in very nice condition and easily unscrews from the shaft. It still has a good amount of the the original green paint, and the top of the grenade is maker marked with 42 evy. This indicates manufacture by Witwe Wilhelm von Hagen, Iserlohn Westfalen, in 1942. This firm is a metalworking business who manufactured grenades and artillery shell fuses during the war.

The shaft is in very good condition, with a lovely worn look and patina. The lower screw cap unscrews perfectly, though there is no spring inside the cap. The shaft is correctly hollow to allow the internal components.

This is a fine all original example with known maker markings, ready to display!

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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