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Original U.S. WWII MkII De-Militarized Pineapple Grenade with M1 Booby Trap Firing Device 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 devise and is not available for export.

This is a nice example of the iconic U.S. fragmentation pineapple grenade issued during WWII. Most notably it has a rare M1 Booby Trap Firing Device Fuze with standard base and primer. 

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, 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 bears all original paint, original fuse, pins, and pull strings. It is offered in very condition, though only a bit of the original yellow ring on top of the grenade is visible.. Genuine WWII examples are extremely hard to find on the market today, especially with the rare M1 Booy Trap fuze.

Ready to add to your collection and display!

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