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Soviet Grenades

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Re: From Russia with love

Postby Fragman » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:07 pm

Hi. This is an East German made F1 grenade that is part of a set of four grenades that were manufactured for the classroom instruction of new recruits. The instructional grenades were issued in a wooden suitcase type transportation box that contained a dummy fuze and two F1 and two RGD5 bodies.
East German F1’s can be identified from other European manufactured F1 Grenades by the plastic fuze well, threaded tin shroud designed to cover the fuze well and accept the UZRGM fuze, and the long safety lever without the crimped shoulder.
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Re: From Russia with love

Postby Fragman » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:43 pm

Hi, This type of grenade was developed during the Vietnam war, and is still in use today. When I first read about the RKG-3, the specifications sounded quite underwhelming:

Operation................. Chute Stabilised
Dimensions................70mm x 360mm
Fuze Type..................Impact
Charge type................Hollow
Penetration................125 – 165mm
Fragmentation radius.... 20m
Throwing distance........15-20m

The thought of a weapon that required the user to get within 15-20m of his armored target and then had a 20m danger zone did not sound particularly useful. However, a quick search of the Internet revealed just how effective this weapon is. It was used by Iraqi insurgents with devastating effect against vehicle convoys in urban streets. In the attached photo’s the Humvee managed to avoid the three RKG-3 attack, with one appearing to misfire, another sailing over the vehicle and detonating on the ground, and the last hitting the rear of the vehicle. A lucky escape. Cheers
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Re: From Russia with love

Postby Fragman » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:33 pm

Hi,

Whilst not from behind the Iron Curtain, these Iraqi grenades use the UZRGM fuze and look like they belong next to the F1. The body is made of thin walled plastic containing a fragmentation coil very similar to the early US M26’s. These are very poorly made and notorious for splitting open before detonation. This was overcome to some extent by inserting at least three nails around the central body join. Whilst not the best hand grenade, they were used very effectively as booby traps. I’m told that the bodies are originally white and turn brown following exposure to the explosive filling.

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Re: From Russia with love

Postby MG34NZ » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:34 am

Very very interesting Grenade Fragman! Very hard to find no doubt!
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Re: From Russia with love

Postby Fragman » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:43 pm

Hi MG34NZ. Yeah mate, very hard to find at the right price. Cheers
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Re: From Russia with love

Postby Fragman » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:53 pm

Ruchnaya Granata Dyakonova 1933 (RDG 33)

These are a very complicated grenades developed by Dyakonov in 1933. Despite the complexity associated with arming and using these stick grenades, they were first used prior to WW2 and could still be found in service during the Vietnam war.

They are constructed by sheet metal stampings, with the head containing a fragmentation coil. If more fragmentation was desirable then a fragmentation sleeve could be slipped over the head and locked in place with a pin/slide arrangement.

To prime these grenades the safety catch was slide to the left, which exposes a red dot. The head and handle arrangement can then be extended and twisted into a locking position and the safety slide reengaged. The detonator is then inserted and the grenade is ready for use.

To use the RDG 33 the safety slide is slid to the left, which reveals a red dot. As the grenade is thrown the outer handle moves away from the head, which stretches the operating spring and repositions the arming clip. When the handle reaches its full extension the arming clip aligns itself with an open slot within the handle and allows the outer tube to be pulled back onto the inner tube, activating the firing pin. If the grenade was not thrown with sufficient force, the firing mechanism would not be activated.

The complexities of this grenade were no doubt the reason it was discontinued.
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Re: From Russia with love

Postby MG34NZ » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:44 am

Excellent Fragman,thats more great grenade information! The RGD 33 is a very interesting grenade variant.
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Re: Soviet Grenades

Postby Fragman » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:57 pm

Hi. This is a Russian K51 CS grenade. They have been around for a long time, but don't often get used. Cheers
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Re: Soviet Grenades

Postby Fragman » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:25 am

At the time of posting, these grenades were still being made in Russia and the Ukraine as replacements for the RDG5. It does not appear that these grenades are being exported from either country. I would be interested in seeing a photo of troops using these grenades, so if you have one please share. Cheers
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