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U.S. Infantryman with Grenade Launcher, 1944-45--single figure with loaded M7 grenade launcher

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Item Number: 25305

U.S. Infantryman with Grenade Launcher, 1944-45

During WWII, the U.S. Army used a series of grenade projection adapters that converted hand-grenades into rifle grenades.  For the M1 Garand the device was designated as the M7.  This hollow-tubed, muzzle adapter could throw a standard Mk 2 grenade up to 220 yards, compared with the maximum of 33 yards when it was thrown by hand.  To launch a grenade, a special high-powered blank cartridge was chambered in the rifle.  Once the device was fixed to a blank-loaded rifle, it could fire fragmentation, anti-tank, and smoke grenades, as well as pyrotechnic signals.  One to three M7 grenade launchers were issued to each rifle squad depending on the period of the war. 

Due to be released in JULY 2024.