Original German WWII M24 Stick Grenade Dated 1943 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 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 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 paint on the head has bubbling and areas of loss, especially on the top but a white Waffenamt is still visible. The ring at the top of the shaft appears to have been repainted at some point, but the head bears all original paint.

The shaft of the grenade is marked 43 dbk, for maker Richard Rinker GmbH, Neubrandenberg in Mecklenburg, a maker of fuzes, primers, and ammunition components. The shaft is in very good condition. The lower screw cap unscrews perfectly. The shaft is correctly hollow to allow the internal components.

This is a fine all original example with known maker markings and correct original white stenciling.

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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