RG-14 hand grenade
The RG-14 (Russian: РГ-14, Ручная граната Рдултовского образца 1914 года, Ruchnaja granata Rdultovskogo obrazca 1914 goda, "Hand Grenade Pattern of year 1914"), known in English sources as Model 1914 grenade, is a Russian hand grenade developed by Capt. Vladimir Iosifovich Rdultovsky, based his previous RG-12 hand grenade. It was the main hand grenade of Russian Imperial Army during the Great War, and of Red Army during the Russian Civil war.
In 1925, the decision was made to create a new stick hand grenade. The first trials of what later became RGD-33 were unsuccessful, and modified RG-14 was adopted as stopgap weapon. The modified version, designated RG-14/33, had increased capacity and reliability. It was filled with TNT instead of Picric Acid; to improve its kill radius a fragmentation sleeve could be fitted (the sleeve was optional, placed on grenade only in need during the combat). Otherwise, RG-14/30 is exactly the same as the base model. RG-14/33 was produced in 1930-1934 and then replaced in production by RGD-33, but large stores of these grenades, both newly produced and converted from original RG-14s, allowed its usage in Red Army until mid-1943.
Captured RG-14/30 grenades was used by Finland as m14-30 and Germany as Handgranate 336(r).
Note: as both versions externally look the same, there isn't a guaranteed way to distinguish them from each other. In most cases screen grenades are RG-14/30.
- (RG-14: 1914 - 1930; RG-14/30: 1930 - 1934)
- Length: 220 - 235 mm
- Weight: 700 - 720 g (800 g with a fragmentation sleeve)
- Explosive Weight: 300 g (Picric Acid or TNT)
- Blast radius: 5 - 20 meters (25-100 with a fragmentation sleeve)
The RG-14 and RG-14/30 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Show Title||Actor||Character||Note/Episode||Air Date|
|The State Border: Film 3||Red Army soldier||1982|
|Makar the Pathfinder (Makar-sledopyt)||Red Army soldiers||1984|
|First Squad: The Moment of Truth||2009|
|Game Title||Appears as||Notation||Release Date|
|Battle of Empires : 1914-1918||"RG14"||2014|