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  1. This thread brings up a caution - as robinb pointed out, always should treat ordnance as live, unless you've seen yourself that it isn't. Someone selling it as "inert" doesn't make it so if it's really .... "ert"... If you're selling, it's best to ship with the chamber open, so the buyer can see that it is really inert, without disassembling anything. I've bought an "inert" MK2 and a Japanese type 97 grenade that the sellers assured me were inert - and they weren't. That's not a fun discovery to make - when powder or chips pour out into your hand and you realize how close you potentially w
  2. I looked into the history of the Sperry gyro compasses and Dodge production of them. In support of the war effort, Dodge made 5500 gyro compasses and repeaters in 1943 and 1944 at their main plant (Hamtranck, MI). Appears that just under half of these were sent to San Francisco & Pearl Harbor. USS SALT LAKE CITY was in Pearl Harbor at the beginning of 1943, bUt left by March. She participated in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands (27 March1943), where she took at least six 8-inch shells. in ln September & October of 1943 she went to San Francisco, then to Pearl Harbor for repairs a
  3. One thing to always keep in mind is t some MK1 bodies do exist with The later fuzes. Once the MK1 grenades were discontinued, they had to shift over to MK2 production, but they still had a LOT of MK1 grenades on hand - and existing MK1 contracts still being filled. So they used the Mk 1 inventory for a variety of purposes, including as practice grenades and as throwing bodies (with the MK 1 fuse removed). Some MK 1 grenades were even re-fuzed with the mk 2 M10 fuzes. So it is entirely possible to find a 100% original Mk 1 with a very early M10 fuze on it. This one above is almost certainly
  4. regarding the navigation books, they COULD have come from the SALT LAKE CITY, but every ship had multiple copies of Bowditch and Dutton. Navigators relied heavily on those - and on the tables the Naval Observatory distributed for celestial navigation onboard the vessels.
  5. It's very difficult to track ships compasses, even when you have a maker and clear serial number. I have an 8 inch bridge wing compass, a 5 inch boat compass (in the brass housing) and an emergency lantern from the midships 5" gun that all came from the USS DES MOINES (CA-134). I know they all came from the DES MOINES because I bought them from the breaker that dismantled the ship in B-Ville several years ago. However, there is nothing to prove this. So I tried tracking the makers and serial numbers of the two compasses. Unfortunately the compass makers just shipping huge lots of compasses to
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