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I spotted this at an antique store today. The store owner doesn't know what it is but I think it is a spotting rifle. Bolt action and about 50 caliber.post-96874-0-07795800-1572559209_thumb.jpg

 

Anyone know what it is?

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Maybe a short .50 for a M40 recoilless rifle or such.


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Are there no markings on it?

 

I see no sights. I am wondering if it is a device to test ammunition, sort of along the lines of the Mann Accuracy device which used a bolt action Springfield receiver.

 

Regards,

Charlie


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I looked it over at the store and saw no markings. It is rather crusty and any markings may be gone.There are no sights. I will get better pictures next time I'm there.

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I am not sure but I think it may be a 14.5 mm artillery trainer. It has been at least twenty years since I got to fire one at the knobb creek machine gun shoot, but if memory serves me correctly, this is what the gun portion of the trainer looks like.


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Posted Today, 10:44 PM

I am not sure but I think it may be a 14.5 mm artillery trainer. It has been at least twenty years since I got to fire one at the knobb creek machine gun shoot, but if memory serves me correctly, this is what the gun portion of the trainer looks like.

 

See link for info and pics => http://www.bocn.co.uk/vbforum/threads/4740-Artillery-Sub-Calibre-device-HELP-!!

 

Does that look like what you're talking about B24AT6?


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Yes that is what I think it might be.


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WWII-KW Enlisted/NCO marked M1s


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Medals awarded to Floridians

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Sure looks like it to me too. Good call on that!


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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Firing the 14.5 trainer was a real blast,quite memorable. The one I fired belonged to Collectors Corner, the company that later became Ohio Ordnance. I do not know how many types of ammunition were available for the gun, but the day we were shooting, Bob had three, point detonation, as well as three and six second delay. The point detonated rounds had a pretty good boom,I was able to blow a 55 gallon drum off the hood of a car at around four hundred yards . The time delay rounds were great for air bursts over targets . The ammo ,which looks like a giant 38 special, was fairly common at gun shows years ago. Another point to make about the 14.5 trainer is that due to its caliber it may be subject to the NFA and should be registered as a destructive device if it is.


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Looking for:

WWII-KW Enlisted/NCO marked M1s


Items related to the Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base


Medals awarded to Floridians

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