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No. 16 Oval Grenade

Fragmentation Hand Grenade

No. 16 Oval Grenade

Fragmentation Hand Grenade

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



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.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 1915
MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - UK
OPERATORS: United Kingdom
SPECIFICATIONS



Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Manually-Actuated; Thrown
CALIBER(S): Not Applicable
SIGHTS: Not Applicable.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• No. 16 Oval Grenade - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the No. 16 Oval Grenade Fragmentation Hand Grenade.  Entry last updated on 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.