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    No.5 Mills Throwing Practice Makers Mark

    Hi, I picked this up at a flea market over the Easter weekend, but I can’t find reference to the manufacturer - any ideas?

    it has capital letter R either side of the lugs, and number 2 cast in between the lugs.

    all thoughts and observations gratefully received!

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    It's a rather nice transverse casting from 1915. Also known as a centre cast. Lots of potential makers. The letters are cast marks not makers marks. Great find.
    Author of 'British Rifle Grenades of the Great War'

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    Irish Grenade (Belfast Committee) picked up a complete one at Detling last year........... Dave

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    Does that mean my grenade with m below each shoulder is from Belfast?
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    Thanks gents - so Belfast manufactured, when you say you picked up a complete one, what’s this one missing?


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    Yours is an unfinished casting. No holes drilled for the pin, the filler screw and probably not threaded for the base plug. So it may be that it is a defective casting - often the base plug hole was a fraction off centre, so the work to complete it never took place.

    Here's my one with the M's below the two shoulders. There are also similar castings with X on each shoulder.

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    That I don't know John, I think Siegfried has 2 Belfast No5s also

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    Quote Originally Posted by millsbomber View Post
    That I don't know John, I think Siegfried has 2 Belfast No5s also
    With X's. I've seen one close up.
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    I have a centre cast No 5 with an R on each shoulder, cannot reach it from my wheelchair at the moment ile try and get someone to grab it for me and take a picture, bought on ebay many years ago. I remember it was a slim grenade thats all.


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    Thanks Dave, Andy and Millsman.

    So would reject castings have ended up as practice grenades?


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