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  1. #1
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    Default Unknown handgrenade

    Could someone identify this grenade. I found only similar ones in books but not this

    Thanks in advance,
    Vince
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    It is a Bulgarian model and was used from about 1923 till about mid 1950´s.
    This is a stick grenade which was postetd somewhere before (here?) and got luckily identified.

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    Default Bulgarian StickHGr.

    The grenade is Bulgarian, developed in the 1920"s and remained in service
    until the 1950's, The only designation seems to be Defensive Stick grenade,
    at least so far as anyone has been able to determine. No number
    designation. Here is some information

    This grenade was developed in the mid 1920's remaining in service with
    Bulgarian forces through WWII, into the 1950's.

    The grenade consists of three main components, the warhead, handle, and
    friction igniter. The warhead consists of a cast iron head with
    segmentation on the outside. One side of the head has been flattened and
    has a belt clip cast onto the flat side. The head is filled with 130 grams
    of TNT. The base is closed by a thin sheet metal detonator well that is
    held in place by a pressed lead ring in the hole in the bottom. The base is
    formed to have a threaded socket in the centre. The handle is mainly wood.
    An adapter is attached to the top end with four small wood screws or nails.
    The adapter is sheet metal and covers the top of the handle and down the
    side a short distance. It is threaded to match the threading in the head of
    the grenade. A hole in the top allows the detonator to fit through the top
    of the handle into the head. The base of the handle has another adapter
    attached with small nails. This adapter is threaded to accept a cap both
    made of sheet zinc. The friction igniter with detonator attached fits into
    the handle from the top. A string attached to the friction wire fits all
    the way through into a space in the bottom of the handle and is attached to
    a pull ball. The cap on the handle keeps the pull ball and string inside
    the handle. Once assembled with the igniter the handle is then screwed into
    the socket in the base of the head.

    The head of the grenade is painted a grey-green color, the wooden portion of
    the handle is unpainted, the adapter is painted grey-green. The handle has
    the delay time stamped into it just below the adapter at the top of the
    handle.

    For use, the grenade must be primed by unscrewing the body of the grenade
    in a counter clockwise direction. Insert the detonator in the detonator
    holder of the igniter and screw the body back on. To throw, unscrew the cap
    and allow the pull ball and string to drop out. Grasp the ball with the
    non-throwing hand and give it a sharp pull. Immediately throw the grenade
    at the target. When the pull string is pulled, it pulls the friction wire
    through the friction compound causing it to flash. The flash ignites the
    delay fuze that burns for about 5.5 seconds. When the fuze burns down, it
    ignites a small flash charge that flashes into the detonator causing it to
    detonate. The explosion of the detonator causes the main charge to
    detonate.

    When the grenade explodes the body normally bursts into 90-100 fragments
    weighing between 1-5 grams. The grenade produces an effective radius of 3
    to 4 metres but fragments are dangerous out to 30-40 metres.

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    Thank you guys for the quick and detailed answer.

    Regards,
    Vince

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    @Grenadier

    Does this grenade have offensive variant?
    We found a grenade where bulgarian forces also fought. It has similar stick and its body is larger than the StHgr39.
    I will post a picture later.

    Regards,
    Vince

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    Default Here they are

    Hi,
    A picture of sectioned Bulgarian stick handgrenades:
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    That's it.
    Thak You!

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