• WW1 Enfield Wire Wrapped Grenade Rifles and Dischargers

    WW1 Enfield Wire Wrapped Grenade Rifles and Dischargers

    1917 No.1 Mk III Lithgow "wire wrapped"
    (All matching serial numbers)



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    2 1/2" Grenade Discharger and Mk36 (1917 PT Co.) Grenade with discharger base plug.


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    Instructions for use


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    1. Insert special .303 blank round that's designed for grenade launching (slow burn I believe ... see pic below) into chamber and close bolt.

    2. Establish correct firing position. (see photo)

    3. Start inserting special Mk36 grenade (flat bottom plug) into discharger cup until grenade lever is inside the rim of cup and being held down by cup itself.

    4. Pull pin out of grenade (lever won't fly off because it's being held down inside discharger).

    5. Set aim angle and pull trigger

    6. Blank fires and gas expansion sends grenade down range. Note over sized grenade base called the "gas check", that helps seal gases from escaping around grenade body.


    Note: Discharger actually has a sliding window like opening with a threaded lock knob (see pic), that allows gas to escape out the side in a controlled fashion. In that manner, the firer can control the amount of gas he permits to escape, so he can vary the distance grenade gets tossed. According to period grenade manual, a fully closed port will launch about 200 yards.


    Special .303 Grenade Cartridges (10 per sardine can styled tin)

    Note: color coding to distinguish from regular blanks.



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    Observations:

    Source: Pics of rifle, grenade and accessories, provided courtesy of MILSURPS.COM member ~Angel~.


    Collector's Comments and Feedback:

    1. Additional pics of various Special .303 Grenade Cartridge tins ....... (Feedback and pictures courtesy of the P.M.R. Breakey Collection)


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    2. Additional pics of WW1 and WWII Special .303 Grenade Cartridge tins and launchers ....... (Pictures courtesy of member "Terrylee")

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    3. Here's a great "fun" video in The Screening Room (click here). ....... (Feedback, pictures and videos courtesy of "Badger")

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    It's a range video of members engaged in The Great Canadian Tennis Ball Challenge competitive match at Milcun, using WW1 Enfield Wire Wrapped Grenade Rifles and Dischargers (click here).

    To view any video simply click on the film strip PLAY button (big right arrow). Click on video while playing to PAUSE and use other buttons at the bottom of the video window to adjust your personal viewing preferences, such as viewing in FULL SCREEN mode. Place your mouse over the video when it is playing, then "right click" for a "drop down box" to change other viewing preferences. Make sure you turn on your speakers and set the the volume appropriately.


    WW1 Enfield Wire Wrapped Grenade Rifles (Tennis Ball Challenge)
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