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  1. 40 mm Bofors. What makes it very collectible ( above and beyond the common Navy issue) is the M25 head case markings, that denotes Army issue for their AA guns. Army 40mm Bofors are found about 1 for every 10 Navy issue. The projectile side crimp should be continuous moon staked as opposed to common navy press crimped. A close up picture of the crimp would be appreciated. I have an Army ( black one -AP- on right) and three Navy factory crimped examples, notice the crimps. I know of no existing crimped examples ( other than loading dummies), these are from a retired artillery officers estate.
  2. Read the six new House bills in Congress. This ammo shortage will last a very, very long time IF they are passed.
  3. Do not ruin the lighter, they are getting much harder to find than an MK2.
  4. More. Very interesting, barrel changes quick two step process, fixed headspace. Those two holes are for quick release pins, pull one out, rotate receiver assy and slide barrel out.
  5. Thanks for input, I have identified it. It is the “barrel jacket” from an M73 co-axial tank MG. .30 cal. Interesting history, adopted in 1959 and used till the 70’s, a huge failure. Uncontrollable rate of fire, jams, etc. The M73 MG was used on the M551 Sheridan tank and M48/60 Patton tank. Redesignated in 1972 with a new ejection mechanism as the M219 MG.
  6. Aircraft MG? No, the breech end does not match in either a .50 or .30. Notice the breech end on this shroud is much beefier and two holes presumably to bolt on.
  7. No idea what this bolt on shroud goes on. 29” long, none of the readable numbers cross to anything. I suspect for an armored vehicle?
  8. Sorry, my knowledge is limited with Navy ordnance. Naval ordnance is a whole different matter, from nomenclature to color codings. There are many strange combinations, terminologies, and harder to find directives. As an ordnance collector, I am wondering why you have a WW2 colored projectile, in a Korean War era casing. If you can get better close ups of the projectile ( and dimensions) I can post your piece on the BOCN ordnance website. I have found they can ID anything and everything ordnance related.
  9. Disregard! Correction. I found an old Oerlikon 20mm color coding chart from WW2- guess what? US HE was noted as “ painted white “. Learning something new everyday.
  10. Looking through TMs I can find no reference for white painted projectiles. Gold, Blue, black, black with red tips,...which would leave me to the conclusion it is a repaint. As the casing has been fired, I suspect a loose unfired projectile was obtained ( many were surplused) to fill the hole and painted white. Most ( with the exception of navy projectiles) projectiles of that era that were “painted “ were not painted in enamel based , but a thinner fast drying lacquer. Just my 2C.
  11. Great examples, especially with the ink markings. I suspect you have a few nice Garands also? Thank you for posting the picture.
  12. Yes, most just do not understand Ordnance collecting. Maybe my fascination comes from my Army days witnessing various pieces doing their job ( only 7 percent of our population are veterans), or maybe because collecting something that was designed solely to destroy and be destroyed ( rarity- unlike all other militaria), or the brilliant engineering involved in designing clock work mechanisms ( Bulova watch company manufactured fuzes), or the simple fact that Patton replied to the question “ What won the war?”...” Artillery did”.
  13. The 120mm monster casings do not show up to often. The largest brass casing in tank ammo, I needed it to complete the AP-T projectile I had ( black) makes a nice pair with the TP-T 120mm round ( blue target practice round). Also in the auction came a nice Navy 5”/38 June 1945 dated casing.
  14. Hard to tell. It has been in my family for as long as I can remember, got it when I was back from the Army in the late 70’s. It was my first piece of ordnance. Knowing what I know now, I believe it has been restored but that was a long time ago. It has been given coats of Renaissance wax over the years. The family story is it was given to my father ( a WW2 vet) by a close friend whose son was a Sherman tank crewman. He died shortly after returning from the war.
  15. For interest, inking on the head case. The primer tube and bag clips are also present.
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