Infantry weapons / Grenades / DM51

DM51

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Hand grenade

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    Handgranate Spreng/Splitter DM 51 (German military designation)

  • DESIGNED
    Mid 1970's

  • DESIGNER
    Diehl

  • PRODUCTION
    1978 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Diehl

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    About $8 a piece

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Defensive and offensive grenade in one
    Can easily be clustered
    Reliable
    Limited size and weight
    More expensive than single pupose grenades

Introduction

The DM51 is an offensive/defensive hand grenade of German origin. It was developed in the 1970's to replace all grenades in German service with a single type. This is achieved by a removable fragmentation jacket which turns the defensive grenade into an offensive grenade.

Design

The DM51 features a high explosive grenade body with removable fragmentation jacket. By turning the jacket 90 degrees it is easily removed to turn the defensive grenade into an offensive grenade. The grenade body is a cylinder and has the fuze on top. The grenade is armed by pulling the pin. The fragmentation jacket features several ribs for strength and to provide a good grip. Several DM51 can be clustered for greater effect or to create a Bangalore torpedo.

Firepower

The high explosive grenade body is filled with 60 g Nitropenta and has a lethal radius of a few meters. When fitted with the fragmentation jacket the lethality and lethal range increase vastly.

Users

The DM51 is the standard grenade of the German military and in widespread service amongst all branches.

Variants

DM51

The DM51 is a offensive and defensive hand grenade in one. The sleeve with shrapnel can be removed in order to use the high explosive body as an offensive grenade. The DM58 is the practice version of the DM51.

  • Specifications:
  • DM51
TypeOffensive/defensive hand grenade
Diameter57 mm
Length107 mm
Weight0.425 kg complete, 145 g without jacket
FuseDM 82A1B1 or B2
FillingExplosive: 60 g Nitropenta
Fragments: 6.500 steel balls, 2 - 2.3 mm diameter
Effect35 m danger area
VelocityHand thrown
RangeHand thrown
RemarksJacket with fragments can be removed to create an offensive grenade

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