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M39 Grenade - Was it issued in a metal can?

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    I have an M39 Grenade up for auction in the Forum Classified section. The grenade was contained in an open metal can. The person I obtained it from said it was the original container and very rare. I have done some research and cannot verify if it is or is not a valid statement. Attached are three pictures: 1) the grenade that is up for auction; 2) the grenade in the open can (top is removed and missing); and 3) bottom of the can with the outline of the missing key - partial tab remaining.

    I would appreciate feedback to validate if it is or is not indeed original. Thank you for your assistance and sharing of knowledge.
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    Never heard of these coming in tins like this , normally were issued in a rack in The Stick Grenade type case, is there any markings on the tin ?

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    No markings on the tin which led me to question that it was authentic. I concur with your reply and just wanted to check with the experts. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.

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    Hello,
    Sorry i can't help you here as i have never seen such a container for hand grenades.
    The grenade shown in this thread should be called M39/42 as it has the metal ring at the bottom that was adopted in 1942.
    Thanks
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    That's a new one on me, they usually came packed in wooden crates of 30 or similar metal boxes to the M1924 stick grenades. I think this is a post war marriage.

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