M1917 Chemical Hand Grenade

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Russian M1917 Chemical hand grenade

The Russian Army adopted The Model 1917 chemical hand grenade in 1917. It was designed by Vladimir Rdultovsky who also designed RG-14 hand grenade. M1917 grenades were filled mostly with Chloropicrin (PS), a toxic tear/nausea gas capable of penetrating standard gas masks. They were used in WW1 and in the Russian Civil war. The last manual for this grenade appeared in 1927, and there is no accurate information when M1917 was withdrawn from service.


  • In service: 1917 - after 1927
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)
  • Weight of filling: 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)-1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
  • Length: 9.7 in (24.6 cm)
  • Diameter: 2.6 in (6.6 cm)

The M1917 chemical hand grenade can be seen in the following movies:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Aleksandr Parkhomenko Amvrosi Buchma Aleksandr Parkhomenko 1942
Restless Youth (Trevozhnaya molodost) Aleksandr Khvylya A Sotnik 1955
Fury (Yarost) Gennadi Poloka Zubarevich 1966
Red sailors, bandits
Bumbarash Aleksandr Khochinsky Lyovka Demchenko Inert version 1971

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