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MK II Pineapple Yellow Grenade WWII

Thumbs111Thumbs111 Member Posts: 4 ✭✭
edited May 2012 in Ask the Experts
I have an original WWII MK II Yellow Pineapple Grenade, which is inert. I'm thinking of selling on are there states to which I can't sell, or other restrictions I may not be aware of? I don't want to inadvertently do something prohibited. Can you ship an inert grenade through the US mails?


  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,856 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Looking at the COMPLETED AUCTIONS listings on Gunbroker, I see that some folks have sold inert grenades & mailed them. I was unable to find any USPS restriction on them, but, obviously, any shipment that popped open because it was not securely packed could lead to an unpleasant interview.

    I would guess that there are some state/local entities that restrict the possession of such items, but, with 20,000 localities, there's no way to know all the laws. It would be reasonable to request a drivers license photocopy from the winning bidder, just to verify that he is an adult.

    All the WWII grenades that I have seen were olive drab; could yours have been repainted by a previous owner?

  • p3skykingp3skyking Member Posts: 25,750
    edited November -1
    Early wartime grenades were yellow, later ones OD with a yellow band around the neck. It's an inert device (you should show a picture of the fuze removed and dewated).

    Unless there are specific local prohibitions, they are not restricted (obviously transporting in airline carry on bags is NOT a good idea), it's usually up to the buyer to certify by bidding that there are no local restrictions.
  • Thumbs111Thumbs111 Member Posts: 4 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hi, thanks for your comment. No, this is a very early grenade, painted yellow, a style made before they realized it would be easily visible to the enemy. It belongs to a friend whose father brought it back after WWII-- he stored it in a box in the basement-- we found it when we were clearing out before putting the house on the market. It is original, not repainted.
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,649 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    There are two components to the grenade assembly. The cast iron/malleable iron serrated body, and the fuse assembly. Although the body of the grenade might be empty and thus inert, are you sure about the fuse assembly? If you don't positively know, I wouldn't be shipping it anywhere through the mail till you find out.
  • wpagewpage Member Posts: 10,204 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Bet even $$ NY, NJ and Cali have restrictions or bans on this...
  • yblockheadyblockhead Member Posts: 941 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I don't know about SoCal..........I was at the swapmeets down there last fall, and there were dummy grenades all over the place.
  • TxsTxs Member Posts: 18,801
    edited November -1
    I realize you're the one with eyes on this item, but caution is advised.

    Yellow was the US military's color code for live grenades, which is why even after they began to be painted olive drab they still had a narrow yellow band around the top.

    Blue was the indicator - and still is - for inert/training devices.
  • machine gun moranmachine gun moran Member Posts: 5,198
    edited November -1
    A ways on, the color code for any HE ammunition was standardized at OD with yellow markings. (Inert, such as AP that was not training ammunition, was black. Chemical ammo, if I remember right, was marked in white or grey.)

    If it wears any yellow, it has the potential to get noisy.
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,289 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If you have the type with a 1/2 inch hole in the base, a solid web connecting the spoon to the pineapple it mostly is inert. You a free standing spoon who knows? Maybe somebody gave a paint job to a real one so they could take home a "dummy". +1 blue training most of the time, yellow => hot

    A spent fused unarmed.
  • Thumbs111Thumbs111 Member Posts: 4 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    There is no hole in the bottom. Thanks for all the comments!
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