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#1 917601

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:25 PM

I have posted a few examples from my collection,but here is a well marked beauty. Stopped by my local surplus store and he had this for sale,...I thought probably just another standard Army 105 case, got closer and saw the crimp on the projectile end, I picked it up to see the head case markings and found the perfect, well marked ink stampings confirming it is indeed a Gunship case...the USAF Gunship uses pre-loaded 105's with the projectile crimped on. It appears to be a 2003 dated case and EOD number scribed into it.image.jpeg

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:26 PM

More, notice the projo end has the crimp, differentiating a standard Army 105 from the USAF Gunship round. The black ink markings are commonly found missing due to bubba polishing them off.image.jpeg

Edited by 917601, 11 January 2019 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:14 PM

Nice!  I learned something new today.  Crimped 105.

 

Thanks, Al



#4 pzjgr

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:28 AM

Yes, fixed round...one, because the gunnery computer is set for 1 loading, and the gun is airborne, so no need to change ranges by pulling or adding increments...

 

Plus loading is usually done with the plane in a pylon orbit, with the gun point down to the target, so you don't want increments accidently getting dislodged, or falling out and fouling the breech.

 

And its quicker to load a single fixed round, cutting down on time between rounds...

 

They are neat cases, I have one too...



#5 Charlie Flick

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:11 AM

AC-130 crew loading the 105MM howitzer.

 

AC-130 105mm Howitzer.JPG

 

Regards,

Charlie




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