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Original German WWII M24 Stick Grenade with Pull Cord Bead - Dated 1943

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, acquired from the family of a WWII veteran, 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 warhead bears a manufacturer stamping on the top of the head that reads 358-A-031. This code is documented as being authentic but the maker is not known. Learn more at this link.

The wood shaft of the grenade is marked 1943 with maker code. The shaft has spots of cosmetic imperfections but these are only surface imperfections, the strength and integrity of the wood handle is excellent. The lower screw cap has seen much wear from age. The shaft is correctly hollow to allow the internal components and included in an original porcelain donut bead. The screw cap for the base of the wood shaft is absent.

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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