Original German WWII Grenade BZ 39 Ignition Fuze - Inert
Original Item: Very Few Available. These are genuine Bz39, (Brennzünder 39) Ignition Fuze 39, which was the standard fuze in use for the Eihandgranate 39 Egg Hand Grenade and also the Model 43 Stick grenade. These are perfect for replacing or upgrading any M39 egg hand grenade or M43 stick grenade.
Each fuze will be in good condition and be totally original. Most fuses have original paint and maker markings on top. NOTE: All remaining fuzes have red tops and do not have "wings" on the side.
The Brennzünder Eifer 1939 also known as BZE 39 Igniting Fuze consists of a small cylindrical metal tube containing match composition with a friction wire passing through it and a delay pellet at the bottom. The friction wire has a pull lanyard attached and connected to the cap. The cap is unscrewed and pulled sharply to initiate the delay.
The fuze was made in different delay times, indicated by the color of the cap as follows:
Red = 1 Second
Blue = 4.5 Seconds (Standard configuration)
Yellow = 7.5 Seconds
Gray = 10 Seconds
There are stories of booby traps set by the Germans on the Russian front using modified M39 grenades. Evidently blue caps were substituted for the red ones on the 1-sec. delay fuzes and then installed in grenades, leaving them to be found (and used) by Russian soldiers. The result was early detonation either while still held or before being thrown a safe distance.
The "wings" are used to help screw the fuze into the grenade. They can be found installed up or down and sometimes not at all. Also found is a square nut instead.
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