Original Vietnam War NVA / VC North Vietnamese Stick Grenade Marked “EMPTY” by EOD on December 27, 1965 - Inert

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. Scarce Vietnamese-Made copy of a ChiCom stick grenade, which was brought home from Vietnam as a war trophy. What makes this particular grenade unique is that it was stamped in the warhead by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team after it was rendered inert with the date in which it was done.

This is a wonderful example and is completely inert in accordance with the current BATF regulations governing ordnance ownership. This is unable to be rendered live again to be used as an explosive device and is not available for export.

This example is of the most common of North Vietnamese Army Hand Grenades of the Vietnam War. This is the typical pattern of NVA / VC long-handle smooth body stick grenade with a crude sand-cast fragmentation head. The tell tale signs of indigenous Vietnamese manufacture is the crude cast fragmentation head and the smooth, non-ridged handle with waxed waterproofing inside the handle and around the collar where the head attaches to the handle. What makes this example even more unique is that waterproofing was added to the whole handle and not just the collar!

The grenade is near complete and is only missing the bottom wooden plug used to retain the end of the pull string which is still present. The warhead does have holes present which was made by the EOD team that rendered the device inert. On the front face of the warhead, in red stamping is EMPTY 12/27/65.

A wonderful example more than ready for display.

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