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  1. I forgot to mention, the holes in the bottom contained a tracer element so the fired round could be tracked to the target visually. These are solid steel anti-armor rounds, so the only damage they can do now is if they are dropped on your foot!
  2. I would say the larger shell is a 57mm M70 round, missing its copper driving band. The smaller shells appear to 37mm M74 rounds, also missing their copper driving bands. Probably chromed for a display "trench art" piece like a lamp or inkwell at some point.
  3. Sure is! Confederate 12 pounder, case shot. Found in the Cold Harbor area on private property.
  4. I'd be curious to know what the tag said as well. Without that, my guess would be a work light like you'd find with WW2 heavy equipment, although the box strikes me more as having a naval application
  5. My first metal detecting trip in VA - I was hooked after that. Enjoy the hobby and stay safe!
  6. This tool is for drilling the pilot holes in an M1 Carbine, M1 Garand or 1903 A3 stock to accept the screws that mount the grenade launcher sight. Running the screws in without pilot holes risks splitting the stock.
  7. I remember the amnesty boxes at the airport before heading home. They were overflowing with contraband. I, too, had sent everything home beforehand. We were told that if we were caught with anything bad, they would hold up the whole company and miss the flight. In hindsight, it was probably BS, but no one wanted to risk it.
  8. They come up for sale from time to time, but don't stay on the market for long these days. Here are some shots of the Titan construction to get an idea of the scale of the site:
  9. Hijack away! I appreciate the detail and photos! I've been keeping up with a few folks on YouTube who are renovating their silos, and while it would be amazing to rehabilitate one for a living space, I just don't have the ability. (Or a wife that would go for it). My hat is off to those who do. To find an original hydraulic piston is about as rare as they come. The one guy on line who did restore the rams tried to lower one of the 115 ton doors once installed but the seal failed, and failed quite spectacularly. (His doors were left open when decommissioned). Hopefully, this one will continue to work just fine. Fun fact: There is a Titan I ICBM complex near Royal City, WA that offers scuba tours of the flooded complex. It's on my bucket list.
  10. There's a gentleman renovating a silo in Arkansas that auctioned off a few of these lights, I was lucky enough to get one. As you can see, it was underwater for quite some time. Unfortunately no, I don't have anything like this for sale. I've never seen another that was available for purchase, and I can imagine they didn't make a lot of spares. It's one of those "unobtanium" items that collectors sometimes stumble upon. I grew up near a couple Nike bases in New England, and many weekends were spent underground before the town sealed them up. Seeing these places before they were renovated or destroyed are some great memories. If only I had taken more pictures... Are your friends renovating them? From what I've seen, getting them open after years of seepage and backfill is a huge undertaking. Are theirs above the water table? I know some of the AZ silos were bone dry, but the AR sites are swimming pools and swamps.
  11. Thanks! This one came from Vandenberg and was purchased from NASA surplus. There was a lot of testing of the Atlas and Titan weapons systems there, as well as live nuclear launch sites until decommissioning in the mid to late 70's. Because of the secure locations, these silos weren't stripped and vandalized like others across the US. I am guessing that is why I found this in the condition it was in. Since I'm going down the rabbit hole - here is a light fixture that i restored from a Titan silo in Arkansas. Note the shock mount acceptance disk on the light. All fixtures in these silos had to be shock approved for the possibility of a hit from the Soviets, so lights like these would survive the near miss. (A direct hit would be catastrophic to the silo, and working lights would be the least of the crews' problems). WS-107A-2 was the designator for the Titan I weapons system.
  12. You don't see these every day. Most were scrapped when the silos were decommissioned and imploded. This controller was what allowed the crew to enter and exit the LCC, (Launch Control Center), behind multi-ton blast door 6. A pretty cool piece of cold war history.
  13. Thanks! You are correct, my title was incorrect, and my apologies for it being misleading. That type of wrench will only fit the 60MM M32 primers.
  14. I found that this type of golf shoe spike wrench works great. Lines up with the original wrench holes and is easier/less expensive that finding and buying an original.
  15. My guess is that sometime in its life someone tried to fit a different rear sight/flashlight/flamethrower attachment on this carbine. Are the holes threaded? I would lean heavily on this being a Bubba modification.
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