Original Vietnam War Era U.S. M34 Willie Pete Smoke Incendiary Inert Grenade

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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.

This is a very nice example of a U.S. M34 White Phosphorous "Willie Pete" Smoke /  Incendiary Grenade. It has the correct gray body, and is typical of the version of the grenade seen during the Vietnam War. The fuse unscrews correctly, though the detonator shaft is missing. There is also a hole punched into the side of the grenade, which looks suspiciously like a bullet hole, but is much more likely from a pick mattock or hammer, added during the demilitarization process. Measures approximately 5 1/2" x 2 1/2".

The M34 White Phosphorus Smoke Grenade or "Willie Pete" was a smoke / incendiary grenade manufactured by Rocky Mountain Arsenal from the late 1950s and used by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War and was also used during the First Gulf War. The M34 WP Grenade replaced the World War II M15 WP grenade. The M34 could be fired from a rifle grenade launcher using M2-series grenade launching adapters, which the groove around the tapered base allowing the adapter arms to grasp it. The M15 could not be fired as a rifle grenade. The M34 had a segmented body to allow for a better hand grip and to identify it as a casualty-producing grenade, even though fragmentation was not its primary damage mechanism. The smooth-bodied M15 was sometimes assumed to be a burning-type smoke grenade, and this sometimes resulted in injuries.

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