French 50mm Mortar shell


#1

I purchased this many years ago solely because I thought it was cool. It is a very tiny mortar, guessing around 50 MM’s? I was told it was either French of German. It is stamped SEP 40 and M 39 around the part the fuze screws into. If you look carefully at the tail section, it appears to have been modified by having a threaded rod screwed into it. I was told that it may have been modified to be used as a rifle grenade. I really have no clue, but figured I would post a few pics for the experts out their to take a look.

This photo shows the modified tail.

If you look carefully, you can see the letters NX stamped in a few places on the body. The letters FSC 2940 LR is also stamped in the body.

Here you can see the fuze base stamped SEP 40


#2

It is a French 50mm Mortar shell. Not related to rifle grenades.


#3

Great, thank you EOD! I have seen a few very similar mortars but non had a threaded rod installed in the tail. Also, the guy I got from said he cut a portion of the rod off and it was originally protruding about a foot before he hacksawed it. He speculated it was some kind of in the feild improvised rifle rod grenade made from a mortar? I really appreciate you confirming its proper identity.


#4

That in the back might be also some sort of mount for a desk ornament or so.
Hard to say what it was.


#5

Great thinking! It would not surprise me if was a point of attachment for some static display or paperweight.


#6

I agree with EOD that the adapter in the base of your mortar round is probably to attach it to a base for use as an ornament, mainly because the use of rodded rifle grenades is so long out of favor.

But I disagree that it has no relation to rifle grenades. The French did modify these 50mm mortar rounds into rifle grenades and issued them as the Mle 1948 Grenade A Fusil. The example in my collection is 1953 dated and appears to be manufactured as a rifle grenade as it doesn’t have the obturation bands of the mortar round. But as you can see in the manual illustration, some were converted from mortar ammo, too.


#7

Awesome! Thank you. It really is one of the neatest, tiny mortars I have seen.