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Mark 2 grenade

 Mark 2 grenade

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Mark 2 grenade history

The Mk “Deuce” A1 fragmentation grenade is inspired by the Mk I model used during the First World War. The Mk II is the most used explosive charge by American soldiers during the Second World War.

This grenade contains an explosive composed of 22.5 grams of starch nitrate in a serrated metal body, which increases the number of fragments thrown in all directions at the time of the explosion. At the time of the break-up of the metallic protection, there are about 1,000 flashes.

The Mk 2 fragmentation grenade was used throughout the Second World War and into the 1950s during the Korean War.

Mark 2 grenade history

Creator/User: United States of America
Denomination: Mk II A1

Grenade type: defensive
Detonation mecanism: percussion cap
Time delay: between 4,0 to 4,8 seconds
Filling: 22.5 grams of starch nitrate

Lethal range: from 5 to 10 meters
Fragments lethal range: 50 meters

Weight: 0,64 kg
Length: 140 mm

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