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It had around 50 grams of TNT inside of it and an effective blast radius of 20 to 30 meters. The grenade was based on the French F1. The grenade is armed by the pulling of the safety pin and the release of the lever. Once the lever is released, the firing pin within the grenade can fall down and strike the primer which activates the delay which lasts for about four seconds. Used in the grenade is the UZRG type fuse which is commonplace for many different types of Soviet grenades. The total weight of the F1 system was about 600 grams and the total length was about 13 cm.
The F1 Grenade was initially developed in the early 1940s as a modernized grenade to replace earlier more outdated types. Being based on the French F1 Grenade, the Soviet F1 was of a proven design and thus quite effective. Its first usage came with the first conflicts between Soviet and German troops in the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa. Like many other designs, the F1 was immediately put into mass-production as part of the Soviet war effort. Although crude in design, they were well appreciated in practice.
- ↑ http://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=430
- ↑ http://inert-ord.net/russ02i/f1_ww2/index.html