The OD/82 was adopted by the Italian Army in 1982 as its standard infantry fragmentation hand grenade. In practice, there proved a tendency for early detonation which meant that the type was withdrawn and reworked for safety before being reintroduced. Externally, it followed the same form and function as other hand grenades of the world, most notably in its ribbed outer casing and removable safety feature. As a fragmentation grenade, it was designed to injure and concuss targets in cover to which the casing exploded into shrapnel and sent about the blast radius.
Overall weigh of each grenade as 0.286 kilograms while its filling was of Composition B. The blast radius lethality was approximately 50 feet. Lightweight and portable, the OD/82 broadened the tactical felicity of the Italian warfighter.
Base High-Explosive versions were designated OD/82-HE with the improved versions and their new safeties recognized as OD/82-SE. Reusable practice grenades became the OD/82-E-1.