Original U.S. WWII Inert MkII Pineapple Grenade with Yellow Ring and M6A4C Fuze

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 device and is not available for export.

This is an excellent example of the iconic U.S. fragmentation pineapple grenade issued during WWII. The Mk II was standardized in 1920 replacing the Mk I of 1917. It was phased out gradually, the U.S. Navy being the last users, and on 2 April 1945 the Mk II and Mk IIA1 were re-designated the Mk 2 and Mk 2A1.

The Mk II was commonly known as a pineapple grenade, because of its shape and structure. Grooves were cast into the cast iron shell, which was believed at the time to aid in fragmentation and had the side benefit of aiding in gripping the grenade: this provision gave it the appearance of a pineapple fruit. The Mk II was identified with an all yellow body prior to 1943. They were then painted olive drab for camouflage purposes with a narrow yellow band below the fuse. The are numerous variations in the fragment and groove details that can be found, which seems to depend on the particular manufacturer.

The Mk.IIA1 could be found with either the earlier body with a filling hole or the newer body without filling hole. It was up to the manufacturer which body style was used. The filling is 0.74 ounces of EC Blank fire powder.

This great WWII issue grenade bears all original green paint with a yellow ring painted at the top, which is retained at over 90%, one of the best examples we have ever seen! It does not show any signs of having been repainted during service, though some black paint looks to have been dripped on it. The grenade body is the type with a solid bottom, and still stands on end. It comes with an original fuze and pin, with the correct WWII style spoon.

The spoon is stamped with FUZE M6A4C, for the 4 second delay fuse that was replaced in 1944. This is exactly the type of fuse that you would expect to see on an early WWII grenade. It has the correct pull pin, with a leather washer under the fuse body.

A great example of a deactivated U.S. WWII Grenade, with lovely original paint. Ready to display!

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