Original German WWII Model 42 Inert Smoke Egg Hand Grenade - Nebeleihandgranate 42
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice inert example of the German M42 Nebeleihandgranate (Smoke Egg Hand Grenade), which has been deactivated to BATFE specifications. The model 42 was the last smoke grenade produced by Germany during WWII. It features a more compact design when compared to its stick grenade predecessor, the Nb.39. Furthermore, the elongated pear shape also allowed use as a pistol launched grenade.
These are quite uncommon as only about 1.8 million of these Mod. 42 eggs were produced compared to the 7.4 million of the Nebelhandgranaten (stick) types.
Constructed of a heavy gauge formed steel body in two sections with a crimped seam. The larger bottom contained the smoke compound, the upper part contained an igniting element and has three smoke escape holes. A rigid carry ring is attached at the base.
The fuse system is known as the ZDSCHN ANZ29 which is an igniting type with no detonator or internal delay element. The ring is attached to the top cap which has an internal hook linked to a friction wire. When not in use, the cap is held in place by a small brass clasp at the side. When the ring is pulled, the friction wire is pulled through the match compound, held in an internal copper cap, igniting it causing a flash, which ignites the smoke compound.
This example offered in very good condition is correct in all aspects but does look to have been repainted. It still has the original pull ring on the top, and hanging ring on the bottom. Additionally, the fuse itself is marked ЯR 486 / 40 under a Waffenamt, which corresponds to the manufacturer Richard Rinker G.m.b.H. in Menden/Iserlohn, the original designer of the M24 grenade. This company had many factories and subcontractors, which is what the number 486 corresponds to.
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