The T-13 Beano Grenade

by Daniel Russ on March 12, 2012

The T-13 Beano Grenade

T-13 Beano Grenade


Most of us are familiar with the M2 “Pin and Pineapple” Grenade. The problem with the Pineapple Grenade is that it is so oddly shaped that it was difficult to throw accurately. It had characteristic grid patterned grooves to aid it in fragmenting and to help hold it.


The problem though is that its oblong shape tended to make it wobble when thrown and because it was oddly shaped throwing it accurately was a problem. So the T-13 “Beano” grenade was developed to replace it. Most every American boy knew how to throw a baseball. That said, the T-13 was shaped exactly like a baseball and was only slightly heavier. While The US eventually created a fragmentation grenade that looked like a round ball, the T-13 was the first.


During the invasion of Normandy, several of these grenades exploded prematurely and they were all recalled. Surviving T-13s are quite a collectors item.


T-13 Beano Grenade


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Billy Dunsworth March 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm

I would like to buy one of the T13 hand grenades if you have one for sale thank you Billy

Daniel Russ March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

I prefer no weaponry be sold here unless it is done through entities that possess a federal firearms license. I mean Christ what do you need a handgrenade for?

Badger Jack August 6, 2018 at 11:22 pm

There are plenty of “example” and non-explosive T13 on the market. Be ready to spend about $1,500~2,000 for one!

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