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I picked up a pretty standard McKeever cartridge pouch but what was inside intrigued me. These are 'steel' round with spring loaded mechanisms and cutaway view sides. Training? Is anyone familiar with them?

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I can't find any markings. If you push the spring the center 'primer bar?' moves in and out.

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If you push the spring the center 'primer bar?' moves in and out.

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Those are for the M1903 Springfield that is barreled for .22 shorts. A training rifle, pre-WW1. The name of it escapes me right off.

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Assume then that you put the .22 short into the cartridge for firing. Interestng! Any collector value? I found this link on line that talks about the rifle and shows a clip of these being loaded.

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Those are Hoffer-Thompson cartridges. They do have some value. John T. Thompson, the namesake of the Thompson Submachine Gun was involved in their design during his career with Army Ordnance.

 

David Albert

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Contributing Writer, Small Arms Review Magazine
Co-Author, "Thompson Manuals, Catalogs, & Other Paper Items" Collector Guide
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Absolutely collectible. Most of the 1903's converted to .22 were changed back, however i'm not really sure why. Those that weren't changed are highly collectible making these cartridges collectible as well. This is a great find.

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The last few of the Hoffer-Thompson adaptors I have seen for sale were in the $75-125 price range.They are getting scarce.

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