Original German WWII M24 Stick Grenade Dated 1943 with Original Pull String - Inert
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, acquired from the family of a WWII veteran, has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. The warhead still unscrews, as does the bottom cap. It still retains its original paint, and the original markings can be seen on the head and shaft of the grenade. In addition, it still has the original pull string with weight, which are exceedlingly rare!
The warhead is stamped 43 evy, indicating manufacture by Witwe Wilhelm von Hagen, Iserlohn Westfalen, in 1943. This firm is a metalworking business who manufactured grenades and artillery shell fuses during the war.
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. Warheads and handles were made by different companies, so having mismatching makers is very common.
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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