Original Swiss Inert Practice Defensive Hand Grenade 17 - Blinde DefensivHandgranate 17

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Totally inert and demilitarized according to BATF guidelines with hollow body and inert fuse. This grenade cannot be converted to an explosive devise and is not available for export.

First introduced in 1917, the Swiss DefensivHandgranate ("Defensive Hand Grenade") 17 replaced the earlier DHG16, and remained in use into World War II and afterwards. Before throwing, the safety cap had to be removed and the arming lever had to be pushed against the body. By pushing the lever, the striker pin was pushed upwards and got out of its "safe" position. When released, the firing pin was driven downwards under spring pressure and the delay ignited. 

This example has the central red band indicating that it was not filled (Blinde), though it is also possibly a Halbscharfe (semi-sharp) DHG17. It is quite old so possibly different paint codes were use back then, as usually the Blinde variety have an open bottom, which this does not.

The grenade is in excellent condition with no corrosion or other issues, though the safety cap is missing. Also the metal top has some cracking and has expanded a bit over the years, as it no longer threads onto the body. The circumference of the top is marked with a Swiss cross and a 6M.

A very nice example of a seldom seen grenade from the WWI/WWII Era.

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