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No. 16 Oval Grenade


Fragmentation Hand Grenade


United Kingdom | 1915



"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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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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Physical
The physical qualities of the No. 16 Oval Grenade. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
Manually-Actuated; Thrown
Action
Not Applicable
Caliber(s)
Single-Use
Feed
Not Applicable.
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Variants
Notable series variants as part of the No. 16 Oval Grenade Fragmentation Hand Grenade family line.
No. 16 Oval Grenade - Base Series Designation
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