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  • No. 16 Oval Grenade Fragmentation Hand Grenade

    The British No. 16 Oval Grenade was nothing more than an attempt to improve upon the limited No. 15 Ball Grenade series during World War 1.

     Updated: 11/1/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The No. 16 Oval Grenade was a follow-up to the No. 15 Ball Grenade of 1915. The No. 15 series was developed for service in the Middle East Campaign and intended to shore up the shortcomings of the earlier No. 1 stick grenade line in service with the British Army when it entered the war. However, the No. 15 featured a temperamental fuse, large size, and limited fragmentation. The No. 16 adopted an oval shape which was handier to carry and limited the filling size making it fragment better. However, since it still relied on the same fuse system that the No. 15 series relied upon, the new grenade featured a carry-over shortcoming which led to its disuse along with the No. 15 before war's end in 1918.

    No. 16 Oval Grenade Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1915
    Type: Fragmentation Hand Grenade
    National Origin: United Kingdom
    Manufacturer(s): State Factories - UK

    Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

    Firing Action: Manually-Actuated; Thrown
    Available Caliber(s): Not Applicable
    Ammunition Count / Feed: Single-Use


    Global Operators / Customers

    United Kingdom

    Model Variants

    No. 16 Oval Grenade - Base Series Designation