Cartridge, Shot Cal. 45 M15 & M12
Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:07 PM
The M12 example was made by the Evansville Chrysler Ammunition plant in Evansville, Indiana. That plant was asked in November, 1944, to develop and manufacture over 5 million .45 shot shells by the end of the year, they did! This information is from, Bullets by the Billion, a post-war publication published by Chrysler Corporation.
Thanks for looking, BKW
Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:18 PM
Information sheet included in the box of M15 shot.
Illustration is from TM 9-1990, Small Arms Ammunition Sept. 1947
Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:21 PM
Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:09 AM
Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:14 AM
Because the rounds were designed for survival use, they came enclosed in a foil and paper sealed wrap. M12 is shown here.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:35 AM
Several years ago I found a dealer with several cases of the sealed boxes of M15 rounds. Sadly, they are long gone.
Posted 14 January 2018 - 06:17 AM
Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:24 PM
Here's a bit more for the discussion. The first pre-production lot of.45 shot cartridges were designated T-23 before being standardized as the M12. The 20-rd boxes had the small game hunting warning printed in English, German, and Japanese, a feature omitted by a decision of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General once officially adopted as the M12.
These boxes were only used with the initial 10,000 round test lots. Contracts for the standard M12 numbered 10,500,000 rounds but they either reduced that number when the M15 was adopted or used/destroyed a tremendous amount as M12s are pretty scarce today.
Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:05 PM
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