In stock

Original U.S. Korean War Inert M29 Practice Energa AT Rifle Grenade - Dated 1953

Regular price $295.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely example of a hard to find Korean War era M29 Practice AT Rifle Grenade. The round is completely inert and is in total compliance per the current BATF standards governing inert ordnance and cannot be used as an explosive device.

Not Available For Export

This Practice AT rifle grenade M29 consists of two parts: a body and a stabilizer tube-fin assembly of steel. A separately issued stabilizer tube-fin assembly is available for replacement purposes. The M29 grenade may be fired at a target without danger to the target other than from impact. The grenade has a maximum range of approximately 150 meters.

The grenade still retains its original black color with full white stenciling that reads as follows:

M29 (T-42)

The grenade is in wonderful condition and is still able to be disassembled for inspection of the interior. Comes more than ready for further research and display.

ENERGA anti-tank rifle grenade
The Energa anti-tank rifle grenade is a rifle-launched anti-tank grenade that is propelled by a ballistite-filled blank cartridge. The name Energa comes from the firm in Liechtenstein that designed it, the Anstalt für die ENtwicklung von ERfindungen und Gewerblichen Anwendungen, based in Vaduz.

First produced in the 1950s, by Mecar in Belgium, it was in front-line use by European armies until replaced by disposable tube-launched anti-tank rockets such as the M72 LAW. Although no longer in production, stocks of the grenade still exist and the Energa grenade remains in service with Third World countries. Armscor of South Africa manufactured the R1M1, an improved version of the Energa grenade.

The original Energa grenade could penetrate 200 mm (7.8 inches) of armor or 500 mm (19.6 inches) of concrete at an angle of impact of 90 degrees. At an angle of impact of 45 degrees, the figures dropped to 100 mm (3.9 inches) and 250 mm (9.8 inches), respectively.

The Super Energa used a rocket booster to extend the grenade's range to 550 meters. The Super Energa could penetrate up to 275 mm (10.8 inches) of armor and 600 mm (23.6 inches) of concrete.

Early in the Korean War, U.S. forces found their World War II-era anti-tank rifle grenades were ineffective against the frontal armor of T-34 tanks. This led the U.S. to produce their own version of the Energa, the M28 rifle grenade, from 1950 until 1960. Originally the M28 was fired from Mecar's proprietary T119 (M1 Garand) and T120 (M1 Carbine) launchers. The T119 was soon replaced by the improved M7A3 launcher (M1 Garand) from September 1952 onwards. The M28 was eventually replaced in US military service by the M31 HEAT rifle grenade and later by the M72 LAW rocket. The M29 TP (Training Practice) round remained in service until it was replaced in 1961 by the improved M31 TP.

  • This product is not available for international shipping.
  • Not eligible for payment with Paypal or Amazon


Cash For Collectibles