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Well it turned out to be something different than what it was advertised as, so I’m a little disappointed in myself for buying something without checking first. Live and learn I guess.
I also don’t really know how much these types are worth so I’m afraid I paid too much.
Trust us Fellas,
Many of us on the site may not comment but we do enjoy all of this USN Pilot porn. It's also the second most viewed topic in this Section, right behind Navy Flight Jackets.
As you Were and Carry On
WW1 Rifle Grenades are another area I am keenly interested in. I have several of the cup launchers and grenades. I will post images shortly. The term VB got its name from the French inventors; Messrs. Vivien and Bessières, who designed a system that could launch a grenade from a cup discharger using live ammunition, while arming the grenade at the same time it was fired. This design was so successful the US as well as German forces used them during WW1, and some were used in WW2 as well. The US forces initially used French made VB launchers and ordnance, later launchers made for the M1917 and M1903 rifles were used for our forces. US forces serving with French units used French rifles with launchers made for those rifles. Shown below is the French made launcher and leather carrier. These were used on Berthier and Lebel Rifles, which were often used to train US forces with as well. The last two pictures show French instructors teaching US soldiers about the VBs. In the last picture, you can see a crate which held the VB grenades, this is the only picture I have seen this crate in so far.
Here is another WW1 era item, a KJ (Stannic Chloride) Mk II grenade. These started production in early 1918, during development there were issues with the bodies failing testing as they were designed without knowing the contents, so once the desired gas had been chosen, the required pressure was obtained during manufacturing and testing was successful. By December of 1918, close to a million had been made with around 250,000 sent overseas. The grenades main use was to clear bunkers or similar structures and the gas dissipated fairly quickly allowed for friendly forces to occupy the captured areas. Grenades are typically painted grey and may or may not have stenciling to indicate filling material. Unlike the Mk V models, which has holes to allow for the gas to come out, the Mk II had a detonator that burst the cannister open. These models are harder to find than the later MK V models.
Here is a CN rifle grenade that was adopted in the 1920's and saw service between 1932 and 1935. It is very similar in design the the Mk V CN grenade. Like most rifle grenades, this one can also be used as a hand grenade, just simply take the rod off. Typically these grenades are painted grey with a 1/2 inch green band with markings also in green, older models had bands and markings in red. The grenade pictured here is untouched, exactly the way I got it, the rod however is a newly made replacement.