Original U.S. WWII MkII De-Militarized Pineapple Fragmentation Hand Grenade with Green Paint - Inert

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 a nice 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.

Mk.II  WWII 1944-1945
In the closing years of WWII the Mark II was produced with a solid base with the M10A3, or M6 series fuze (depending on the explosive filler used). The yellow band around the neck of the body was standard.

The are numerous variations in the fragment and groove details that can be found, which seems to depend on the particular manufacturer.

This grenade has been deactivated by removing all of the explosives, and rendering the fuse inert. It painted OD green, which has unfortunately flaked off on the outer edge of the fragments. It still retains the original pull ring and spoon, which shows that it is a M10A2 (Bouchon) style fuse, with a [19]45 lot number.

Ready to add to your collection and display!

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