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WWII relics

oledoc2uoledoc2u Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
edited November 2013 in Ask the Experts
Anyone knowledgeable about WW II? I have found a couple of items of my Dad's while cleaning out an old barn. most I know what they are, but one is an attachment for what I believe to be for an M1 to launch grenades. Just interested in what it worth or is it collectable? Thanks. Doc.

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    TooBigTooBig Member Posts: 28,560 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Nice Pictures would be a great start
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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,456 ******
    edited November -1
    Plenty of eager folks just waiting to see what you have and to help you out. We'll need clear photos.

    This is an M7 Grenade Launcher for the M1 Rifle:
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    There are a few variations and several manufacturers so of course there are guys who collect them. Most are valued in the $75-$100 range.
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    He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 51,062 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Not that Mark could help.[}:)]
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    thorhammerthorhammer Member Posts: 959 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The M7 sells for around $40-$50, and yes people collect all WWII stuff.
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    oledoc2uoledoc2u Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I will put a photo up. Wasn't even thinking. Besides what I have, I may not want to put a photo up....lol. It doesn't look like the one posted though. It holds an actual pine apple grenade. Has a basket like forks...I will work on posting up a photo this weekend. Thanks a lot gentlemen.
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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,456 ******
    edited November -1
    Sounds like you have one of the M1 Series Grenade Projection Adaptors, which holds a hand grenade but...Guess what, slips onto the Grenade Launcher which is attached to the rifle. I swiped this photo from GB member countryfarmer...I hope he does not mind [:I]

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    oledoc2uoledoc2u Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    yep....that is exactly what I have...I hope the yellow band around the top means I don't have to do something with it....lol Thanks...
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    oledoc2uoledoc2u Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Looks like I don't have the adaptor for the rifle though...just holder and grenade
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    oledoc2uoledoc2u Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks gentlemen. I will get it checked out as it does have a yellow band around the top. You can't be too safe. I take it there were a lot of these brought home and probably a good paper weight to remember Dad by once I know it is safe. Thanks again...Doc
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    JunkballerJunkballer Member Posts: 9,199 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    How far would it propel the grenade in real action ? I saw a re-enacter fire a few off holding the rifle about a 45 deg. angle and they went probably 50 yds max. I'm curious about the distance they would propel a grenade and if they worked 100% of the time....safely.

    With an actual Grenade Launching cartridge: 150-200 yards. There was a little "booster" (called the vitamin pill) which could be inserted which would add another 50 yards. A blank cartridge is used these days for "playing" around and they lack the propellent to launch a grenade any real distance. To actually fire a grenade a special cartridge was needed; the M3 Rifle Grenade Cartridge. This cartridge should not be confused with a blank cartridge as it is much more powerful containing 40 grs of IMR and 5 grs of black powder.
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