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    WTB: US Military Rod Grenade

    I'm looking for US Military Rod Grenades. Top dollar paid for good examples.

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    Hello,
    I am curious as to which U.S. Military Rod Grenades you are looking for. Any pictures or model designations would be interesting.

    THANKS! Pat
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    Unless there's a prototype somewhere I'm sure they don't exist. The US adopted the French VB in 1917/18 and then went to spigot based rifle grenades in WW2 and after.
    William Mills - Thank you!

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    The U.S. had tear gas and W.P. loaded rodded rifle grenades that were used well after WWI and we also briefly experimented with frag types too. I don't think any fragmentation types were actually issued for use though. Good luck with the search Latewatch....it won't be an easy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordnance View Post
    The U.S. had tear gas and W.P. loaded rodded rifle grenades that were used well after WWI and we also briefly experimented with frag types too. I don't think any fragmentation types were actually issued for use though. Good luck with the search Latewatch....it won't be an easy one.
    Interesting. I'd never heard that before. Thanks - John
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    Here is some info from the 1932 Field Manual on hand and rifle grenades.

    Both grenades are listed as "limited standard" and the Mk.I smoke grenade has an FM filler. The same grenade shown in TR 1370-A from 1930 still described the Mk.I with WP filling.

    Standard filling for the Mk.II Lachrymatory grenade was CN although other agents were experimented with but never adopted. The rods were 15" long on both grenades.

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    I think the US used the British No 27 in WW1 & after ?

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    Yes, after I left post #5 it occurred to me that a significant number of US Soldiers trained with the British in 1917 before they moved to the French front. They would have been exposed to the Mills 23 Marks II and III, the No 36, the No 24 and 35 grenades plus an array of screening and signalling rifle grenades. So some of these grenade ideas may have been worked on later.
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