H040081 K98 RIFLE GRENADE LAUNCHER ASSEMBLY TOOL. (Schlüssel für das Drallrohr)

BACKGROUND: The first German WWII rifle grenade launcher was a spigot type developed in 1941 in an attempt to provide anti-tank capability to small infantry units but it proved ineffective and was discontinued in 1942. In early 1943 a second pattern, launcher cup type, rifle grenade launcher was introduced and utilized until the end of the war. The K98 grenade launcher kit consisted of a carrying pouch, sight, launcher with discharge cup and the assembly tool. At least eight different types of grenades were utilized with the launcher including anti-personnel, anti-tank, smoke, flare and propaganda leaflet grenades. The assembly tool was designed to fit on the grenade launcher discharge cup for tightening or loosening as required.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Blued, cast steel construction assembly tool is roughly 9" long with a cut-out, 2 3/8" diameter circular head and three oval cut-out slots in the handle. The tool has an all over, repeating embossed, hatch pattern for better grip. The tool has a faint, impressed, manufacturers code that appears to be, "clc" indicating manufacture by Richard Herder Solingen.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $179.00

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