Original WWII British PIAT Anti-Tank Bomb Launcher Deactivated Round by Slater - Dated May 1944
Original Item: Only one available. Totally inert and demilitarized according to BATF guidelines with hollow body and inert fuse. This is a very nice British WWII PIAT Anti-Tank Bomb Launcher HEAT (high explosive anti-tank) "Bomb" round. It is painted with the correct British ordnance color as used on the launcher itself.
This round is in excellent condition, close to unissued, and has British ordnance markings on many components. The warhead itself is maker marked SLATER with a date of 5 / 44 (May, 1944). The top of the round also unscrews, and a lot of the internal structures are still present, which were designed to direct the explosive force.
This is a fantastic deactivated HEAT type PIAT round that we have ever had, and it is a PRIME example! Ready to display!
The Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) was a British anti-tank weapon developed during the Second World War. The PIAT was designed in response to the British Army's need for a more effective hand-held infantry anti-tank weapon. It consisted of a steel tube, a trigger mechanism and firing spring, and was based on the spigot mortar system; instead of using a propellant to directly fire a round, the spring was cocked and tightened. When the trigger was pulled, it released the spring that pushed the spigot forward into the rear of the bomb. This detonated the propellant in the bomb itself, which was then thrown forward off the spigot. It possessed an effective range of approximately 100 yards (90 m).
This system meant that the PIAT had several advantages, which included a lack of muzzle smoke to reveal the position of the user, the ability to fire it from inside buildings, and an inexpensive barrel. The PIAT entered service in 1943, and was first used during the Allied invasion of Sicily that year; it remained in use with British and Commonwealth forces until the early 1950s, when it was replaced by the American bazooka. A large number of PIATs were supplied to the Soviet Union through Lend Lease, and it was also used by the French resistance and the Polish Underground. The Israeli Haganah used PIATs during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Six members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces received Victoria Crosses whilst using the PIAT in combat.
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- Totally inert, cannot be converted to an explosive devise, not available for export
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