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Original U.S. WWII MkII M21 Inert Practice Pineapple Fragmentation Hand Grenade

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 inert practice 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. This is an M-21, which essentially is a MKII version made for training/practice purposes.

The Grenade consists of an RFX marked body, which has been repainted Olive Drab. At some point, it appears that this grenade was welded to something, and the old weld is visible under the paint. Fitted to the Grenade is a correct WWII M200A1 fuze which is complete with original spoon, pin and ring. The Grenade also comes with a 1945 Dated shipping container.

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.

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