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    Hi there !

    I got this one last week.
    Can anybody tell me whether this is WW2 or post-war? It is an american one isn't it? Or british?
    What kind of ammo did it carry? was it for rifle ammo? I don't understand the things which are written on it...

    Thanks for answers!

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    american i think its for the 5.56 rifle (m4/m16) family of rifles as well as the british sa80 and a whole host of others these are easy to find if you can show the lot number xxxx xx xxxx xxxx we can work out the country i know that 99 in british and 12 is german the 2 numbers are the country of origin

    tom

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    Thanks!
    I can't find the lot-number. Do you know where it is?

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    it should be 14 numbers in a row somewhere may be on the inside of the lid

    tom

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    hm...i searched every sqarecentimeter of it, but I really can't find 14 numbers in a row...
    how old is it, you guess?

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    Its a Early type USA 5.56mm M193 round ammo box. We brits call them H83's, the Americans call them M2A1, they are made to the same basic NATO standard design.

    The info on the side tells you

    840 Cartridges - 840 rounds of ammo
    5.56mm - Calibre of round
    Ball M193 - Full Metal Jacket bullet, type designation M193
    10 RD Clips - 10 rounds in one clip so 84 clips
    Bandoleers - The 10 round clips are in a single over the shoulder banodoleer, most probably with 5 or 10 pockets.
    LOT TW-2-926 - This is the LOT number, a serial number given to the batch produced at the same time. That way, any issue with any part of the ammo and you can trace where it came from, when and also find the rest of the lot if you need to segregate it.

    The line of dots on the box lid denotes 5.56mm in 10 round clips in bandoleer.


    If there was a NSN it would be in the 13 digit format 8140-00-960-1699.
    The -00- (or -01-) represents the USA

    Here is a list of box manufacturers, they may be emobsoed on the box somewhere.
    S.C.F.
    M.C.Z.
    EMCO
    BURROWES
    M.C.C.
    S.H.T.
    AYT
    K.S.C.
    A.F.X.
    LENNOX

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    hey m3bobby!
    Thanks a lot!

    Are those boxes still in use, today?
    How old is it, do you think?

    cheers!

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    thats some good info m3 its the nsn number i got mixed up on i thought it was the lot number
    these are relativly modern i kow that

    tom

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    Post war, came in around 1950/60s onwards.

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    As m3bobby have stated, it's definitely U.S., TW is Twin Cities Ordnance Plant, Minneapolis, MN. Surely, post WWII (5.56 mm cart.)
    Regards, Thanos.

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