Featured A few WWII items I believe? Grenade real or Dummy

Discussion in 'Militaria' started by Brywil1970, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Brywil1970

    Brywil1970 Well-Known Member

    Are these all WWII? Also was the grenade real ofr a practice dummy? I figured it was a practice grenade but then why would there be a cork in the bottom?

    TIA, Bryan

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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I wouldn't pull that pin.....:eek:
  3. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

  4. lauragarnet

    lauragarnet Well-Known Member

    I think the leggings are Marine Corps (USMC).
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  5. lauragarnet

    lauragarnet Well-Known Member

  6. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    It is a practice grenade, body almost certainly made between about 1940-1970, and fuze obviously made in 1975. The hole in bottom assures you it is a practice grenade. Original color most likely blue. If you want to check if a live fuze or a fired one with spoon and pin re-inserted, remove cork and look into hole using a flashlight. Live one will have a slim sheet-metal metal cylinder crimped onto cast-zinc fuze body. If you see the end of an intact cylinder the fuze is live, but if I recall correctly the M10 series were "igniting" fuses, which make a small, fiery flash when the time delay burns down, but don't detonate.
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  7. afantiques

    afantiques Well-Known Member

    As I recall, the UK grenade fuse of that type used a .22 blank cartridge to fire the time delay fuse to the actual primer and gaine and charge.
    This enabled me to have some fun with a few smoke grenades I salvaged after a military exercise in Dorset. By replacing the .22 blank (readily available for starting pistols) I could make a device that would give a hamless bang if you pulled the pin and released the clip. This was in the late 1950s. We had to make our own entertainment in those days.
  8. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    I'd contact the fire department and let them look at it. Don't bring it in. That makes them a tad nervous. They're trained to know.
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  9. coreya

    coreya Well-Known Member

    The CORK in the end of the grenade is a dead giveaway that its a DUMMY, on a real one there would be no hole.
  10. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Sometimes if EOD squad gets involved with something they can easily tell is inert, they'll put 1/2 lb. or so of their own stash of C-4 on it and start the cameras rolling. They'll release the big boom footage to the news media to show how they saved the world. Job security.
  11. Brywil1970

    Brywil1970 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys any idea on the hat?
  12. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Garrison cap. Should have some kind of label in it, does it?
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