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No. 16 Oval Grenade Fragmentation Hand Grenade (1915)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/8/2015

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.

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.

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Specifications for the
No. 16 Oval Grenade
Fragmentation Hand Grenade

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: State Factories - UK
Initial Year of Service: 1915

Overall Length: 0 mm (0.00 in)
Barrel Length: 0.00 mm (0.00 in)
Weight (Empty): 0.00 lb (0.00 kg)

Caliber*: Not Applicable
Action: Manually-Actuated; Thrown
Feed: Single-Use
Sights: Not Applicable.

* Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

No. 16 Oval Grenade - Base Series Designation

United Kingdom