What a unique gift for the history buff or military inspired person! Makes a cool paper weight or display piece and it's especially a great teaching aid to use in any history classroom to get the students' attention!
This is an inert grenade, which is also known as Practice or Dummy Grenade. The shape and dimensions of the grenade are the same as the real Pineapple Grenade. It was made from the genuine mold that was used by the US military and it is the exact copy of the USGI grenade.
The classic MK-II "pineapple" grenade went to Vietnam with the first U.S. troops in 1965. This 20-ounce grenade had served with the GI from the 1920s, up the beach at Normandy, across the black sand of Iwo Jima, along the frozen Chosin Reservoir before coming to Vietnam. But Vietnam was to be its last battle
The pineapple shape was a result of indentions intended to cause the grenade to fracture into uniform pieces of shrapnel upon detonation. This detonation was caused by pulling the safety pin, and releasing the arming handle, which set into motion a five second delay fuse. Too often the delay time varied, sometimes with tragic results.