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Hand grenade: Country of origin?

Article about: Hello new to the forum can any forum member tell me if this ( deact ) grenade is British or American. The grenade is dated 1946 with the letters M G A on the other side of the top. Although

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    Default Hand grenade: Country of origin?

    Hello new to the forum can any forum member tell me if this ( deact ) grenade is British or American.
    The grenade is dated 1946 with the letters M G A on the other side of the top.
    Although the date puts the grenade after the war I presume that the same type was used during the conflict.
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    Hi, Gavin. Welcome to the Forum................!

    I am quite sure this is a WWI French model 'F1', which were used into WWII.
    The date stamping you see may simply be a batch or lot number.

    The US Army designed their 'MKI' after this grenade for WWI, which did not
    see use there in great quantities due to a complicated and confusing,
    potentially dangerous fuse design.

    Below is a US MKI body with improved MKII fuse for comparison:
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    Last edited by Walkwolf; 09-10-2011 at 03:41 AM.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Steve is correct, a French F1. See here:

    French Grenade Guide

    Cheers, Ade.

    PS: Welcome to the forum!

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    Thanks for the link and the information Gav

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    Nice looking F1...I've always wanted one...
    Regards, Thanos...

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    Here is mine. Not in the best condition though.

    Regards
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