Original Soviet WWII Restored RPG-40 Anti-Tank Hand Grenade - Inert

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Original Item: This is a genuine very good condition inert example of a Soviet Russian RPG-40 Anti-Tank hand grenade. This example is deactivated according to specifications provided by the BATF. It is totally inert, and cannot be converted to an explosive device.

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The designation RPG-40 is Short for ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata obrazca 1940, goda meaning "hand-held anti-tank grenade". It was a high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) hand grenade used by the Soviet Union during the Second World War. The grenade was designed in 1938 by M. I. Puzyrev, and entered service in 1940 as the Soviet Union's first Anti-Tank Hand Grenade.

The grenade was armed by removing the pin and spoon, and throwing it at the armored vehicle using the short handle on the bottom. Upon contact, 760 grams of explosives contained within it were detonated and produced a blast effect. This enabled about 20 mm of armor to be penetrated and caused secondary damage, such as spalling, on contact with thicker armor. This made the grenade very effective against earlier German tanks, but ineffective against later models, such as the Panzer IV and the Panzer V, leading to the RPG-43 replacing it in 1943.

This example is in very good restored condition, with a lovely repaint and an original instruction label still attached to the side. The spoon and pin with pull tab are both intact. A great addition to any WWII ordnance collection!

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