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WW1 Austro-Hungarian Universal Hand Grenade, this particular example is in rifle configuration with a belt mount rather than a rod attached. Complete with an original transit plug, complete and fully strips. In great condition, it has been recovered from a glacier in northern Italy. 


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This grenade was developed in 1915 and was quite an expensive product. It could be used as both a rifle- and a handgrenade.
It was made of a steel tube with a brass base plug, and a brass nose cone. The body was filled with black-powder. 
An alloy or brass safetycap was placed over the brass nose during transport, and stayed on when the Universal was thrown by hand. On the side of the body there was a 7 seconds friction fuze which would cause ignition when used as a handgrenade. 
The body had a steel cylinder inserted which was pre-fragmented on the outside and held the charge in the tube.
When used as a rifle grenade, a steel rod was screwed into the base plug.
On flight, as a rifle grenade, the wind goes in through the four holes in the ogive. The four holes around the side lets this wind escape.
The impellor gets diven by this wind and releases the firing pin from its fixed position. The grenade exploded on impact.

WW1 Austro-Hungarian Universal Rifle Grenade