Question to rifle grenades WW1 / copy of French VB

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by GGG, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. GGG

    GGG New Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    Hi everybody,
    I have a question concerning the American copy of the French VB rifle grenades in WW1.

    I'm looking for information how the American grenade differes from the French one. Both grenades look the same on the first view.
    Are there any different markings?

    I have the American launcher "US Model of 1917" and looking for a deactivated American made grenade for it. But first of all I have to know how to differ the copy from the French original.

    Thanks and best wishes

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  2. GGG

    GGG New Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    And here the French VB grenade

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  3. TRAP55

    TRAP55 Active Member

    Patrick, aka 1886lebel on the Surplus Rifle Forums is a wealth of information on these, he has several in his collection, and some copies they use in reenactments. Pat is a great guy, contact him and I'm sure he'll be more than happy to help you.
  4. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    +1 on Patrick, he know his French weapons.
  5. GGG

    GGG New Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    Thanks for the information! :)
    I will try to contact him the next days. Maybe he can help.

    Best wishes from Germany
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