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WWII US Army Tear gas Granade - Type M7

This is a US Army tear gas granade in the original cardboard shipping container. As issued during World War two. Tear gas was employed in situations where non-leathal force was required. The gas gets into the eyes and nasal cavities of individuals and irritates them to the point that they want to stop their activities and want to move away from the gas.

This is a very effective riot control tool.

This section of the website provides information that allows you to identify WWII American military collectibles. The data also includes a price guide to give you an idea of the value of the items.

The shipping container consisted of a cylindrical shape cardboard structure which cam apart in half. Both ends were capped with black metal discs. The upper half of the container has a paper tag with a redish orange strip. The following information is found:

1 hand granade irritant M7
EA packed 4-42
Rev 9-15-39
Lot 1-8092-S
Drawing 82-0-10

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The top cap of the container reads:

Grenade hand
(CN) M7
Comtainer M42A

This WWII tear gas granade was manufactured in 1942. The operation of the granade is similar to the comnbat version. remve the pin. hold on to the spoon until ready to use. throw the granade.

The following is a comparison between a WWII gas granade and a Vietnam War era one. The photo on the left is the Vietnam era granade. The photo on the right is the WWII granade.

Notice the way in which the spoon is attached to the granade. Fot the Vietnam granade (left) the spoon comes from under and curves up. For the WWII granade (Right) the spoon comes from above and curves down.

The overall structure of the top of the granades is fundamentally different between the two periods.

The body of the granade has a seam. The Vietnam era granade (left) has the seam covered with a type of tape. While the seam for the WWII granade (Right) is open.

The bottom of the Vietnam tear gas granade (left) consists of a single solid piece. The WWII granade (Right) has a square section of tape. This conceals the hole from where the tear gas comes out.

This WWII US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $100.00 $110.00 $120.00 $120.00 $130.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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