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Original WWII British PIAT Anti-Tank Display Bomb Launcher Serial ICB 32366 with Monopod & Manual - Inert

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Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. Deactivated in accordance with BATF guidance to make this a non-functional non-firing 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.

We believe this PIAT to be WWII production. It is in very good condition, deactivated to BATF standards to make it totally inert and non-firing. Both the front and rear post sights are intact, and still flip up, though the bubble sight is unfortunately damaged and non-functional. It is marked with serial number ICB 32366 on the front by the rocket retainer. The rear cocking foot rest of this example was missing, so a replacement was custom fabricated in house.

The launcher looks to have been painted with the correct olive paint recently, probably replacing the post war "Christmas Tree Green" we often see these in. It still has the canvas sleeve around the rear, with replaced lacing. The original monopod is present and in good shape, though the insert for smaller rounds is missing. The cork "stopper" and chain are present, though no longer attached to the loop on the side. Also the cork is unfortunately falling apart, and stuck in the firing pin port. The launcher has been fitted with khaki Enfield web slings, which allow it to be carried around on the back.

Also, this example comes complete with an original Small Arms Training series manual for the Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) 1943, published by the THE WAR OFFICE 5th June, 1943. This is an original provisional manual, and is marked 'RESTRICTED' on many pages.

Once a common find among collectors, PIATs in great display condition such as this one are very difficult to find in today's military collectors market. Ready to display!

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