Original Italian WWII Model 35 Red Devil Grenade by Societa Romana - Bomba a Mano Mod. 35

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Original Item: Only One Available. Offered in original semi-relic condition with remnants of original paint, internal components, and even the original pull tab and safety chain! These Italian grenades have become increasingly hard to find over the last few years. It has the original spoon, small safety chain, and internal components,  and makes a simply lovely display piece. The bottom unscrews, allowing the internal structure to be viewed and inspected. This example has just about all of the various internal components, without explosives of course!
This example has been deactivated according to BATF guidelines rendering it completely inert and incapable of becoming an explosive device.
Officially called Italian Bomba a Mano Mod. 35, these were a series of high explosive hand grenades used by the Italian Army during World War II. There were three main variations which were apparently developed more or less simultaneously and all have the same numerical designation; Mod.35. They are offensive types of thin sheet metal construction (mostly aluminum) with All-ways impact fuzes. Painted a vivid red and having a notorious reputation of being dangerous when found in an unexploded condition they were nicknamed "Red Devils" by the British during the 1941-42 desert campaigns. The SCRM version was definitely the most advanced of the various models, and this version continued to be used up into the 1970s.
These grenades are commonly identified by the manufacturer's company markings stamped on the grenade. The SRCM is embossed with Società Romana. The SCRM has an interesting internal safety feature that set it apart from the OTO and Breda designs. It remained virtually unchanged throughout its decades-long service.
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