Original U.S. Post-WWII Inert Ribbed Tear Gas Grenade Canister with Fuse

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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 device and is not available for export.

We have not been able to fully identify this grenade due to lack of resources. We do believe this to be a “Tear Gas” grenade or possibly a Concussive type grenade. The canister stands at 5” with a diameter of 2 ½” with an M10A2 style fuse assembly. There are holes located not only the top and bottom, but the sides as well. They appear to be factory made and similar in design to how smoke grenades are constructed, giving this the possibility of also being a smoke grenade.

Much of the original red paint is still present with minor rub marks and chips exposing the sheet metal construction. The fuse is very similar to the fuses seen on the MkII pineapple grenades, but this example has a collar, raising it higher from the grenade canister.

This example comes ready for further research and display!

Hand grenades can be classified as:
Fragmentation. These grenades are used to produce casualties by high velocity projection of fragment. Historically, the most important hand grenade has been the fragmentation grenade, which is the soldier's personal indirect weapon system.

Fragmentation grenades are fused with either impact detonating or delay detonating fuzes composed of a striker, primer and delay charge detonator. A booster may be included. A safety lever, curved to conform to the shape of the grenade body, is hooked to the top of the fuze. The lever is held in place by a safety pin (pull ring), which protects the striker from action of the striker spring. Safety pin removal is required immediately before the grenade is thrown.

Illuminating. This grenade is used to provide illumination of terrain and targets. Because the illuminant compound burns with a very hot flame, this type can also be used for incendiary purposes against flammable targets.

A typical illuminating grenade is similar in size and function to burning-type chemical grenades. It consists of three basic components: a thin, sheet-metal body, an illuminating charge, and a special, igniter-type fuze. The igniter consists of a quick-match contained in a bushing. The illuminating charge consists of a pyrotechnic composition, a first-fire composition and an igniter charge.

Chemical. These grenades are used for incendiary, screening, signaling, training, or riot control purposes.

Burning-type grenades are usually fitted with igniting fuzes which function with a 1.2 to 2-second delay. Functioning of the fuze ignites the first-fire (starting) mixture which ignites the filler. The burning filler creates sufficient pressure to blow tape covering the emission holes (gas ports) free and allow the chemical agent (riot control gas, smoke) to escape.

WARNING: Burning-type grenades burn oxygen. Standard protective masks filter particles but will not supply oxygen. Therefore, burning grenades will not be used in enclosed or confined spaces.

Bursting-type grenades are fuzed with delay fuzes which contain high-explosive detonators. The detonators rupture the grenade body and disperse the filler (tear gas, white phosphorus). Although this type of grenade functions by bursting, it creates the same effect as burning grenades.

The current U.S. policy governing the use of CS and other riot-control munitions is found in Executive Order 11850, 8 April 1975. CS irritant gas (tear gas) may be employed in a combat zone with the approval of a higher authority. U.S. forces will employ CS in wartime defensively only to save lives as approved by the President. The Secretary of Defense may authorize the use of CS to protect and recover nuclear weapons. CS may be used on military installations (domestic and overseas), embassy grounds, and so forth, in war and in peace.

The U.S. and many other countries do not consider CS or other control agents to be chemical warfare weapons; however, some other countries do not draw a distinction. Riot-grenade hand grenades include the ABC-M7A2, ABC-M7A3, and the M47 CS.

Offensive. This grenade is used for blast effect. Offensive grenades are much less lethal than fragmentation grenades on an enemy in the open, but they are very effective against an enemy within a confined space.

This type of grenade has a non-metallic body (cardboard, fiberglass) loaded with a high explosive filler. It employs a delay detonating fuze. Some metal fragments from the fuze may be projected.

Anti-tank. AT grenades are designed to be thrown at armored vehicles. They have a shaped-charge warhead and are stabilized by a spring-deployed parachute or cloth streamer. AT grenades use impact fuzing.

Non-lethal. Stun hand grenades are used as diversionary or distraction devices during building and room clearing operations when the presence of noncombatants is likely or expected and the assaulting element is attempting to achieve surprise.

Practice and training. A typical practice grenade contains a small spotting charge of black powder and is fuzed with a 4 to 5-second delay igniting fuze. This type of grenade is used to simulate operation and functioning of service grenades.

Training grenades are unfuzed and completely inert. They resemble service rounds in size and shape, and are used for training in handling and throwing.

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