The Modèle 1952 34mm HE rifle grenade was in French service from 1952 to 1978. It was used alongside the APAV40 rifle grenade in French service. It was propelled by being mounted atop a rifle's 22 mm grenade launching adapter, and being launched by a ballistite (blank) cartridge.
In common with other rifle grenades of this era, they became obsolescent when the bullet trap form of propulsion became popular at the end of the 1970s.
The Yugoslavian M60 anti-personnel grenade, similarly launched from a rifle's 22 mm grenade launching adapter by a ballistite cartridge, bears a strong resemblance.
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|Place of origin||France|
|Used by||French Army|
|Maximum range||400 meters|
Sources and references
- Archer, Denis H R, ed (1978). Jane's Infantry Weapons (Fourth Edition) 1978. London: Macdonald and Jane's. p. 769. ISBN 978-0354005630.
- Photo of a MAS 36 rifle with adapter and M52 34mm rifle grenade
- Photos and cutaway images of the M52 rifle grenade (as used with the MAS 36)
- A French navy commando armed with rifle grenades aboard a helicopter in Algeria
- Article (in Spanish) with reference to several French rifle grenades
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