Fantastic finds Stuart,its amazing what is still out there!
Thanks Sean ~
Again does not include what I shipped to you~ or the Shimano reel & graphite rod, or the Seiko watch which are 'in shop' being serviced ~
Or the 2 lbers waiting to be shipped off ~ or the cardboard box of detritus ~
Was planning on a mission today~ but time slipped away on me ~ I want to do a first run to the Ravenshoe district ~ tomorrow ~ But hey ~ At least I sorted a new pair of heavy duty hiking boots today ~
Ms M reckons they are too good to go bush bashing them ~ LOL
Team mate and I headed out for a few hours on Friday afternoon ~
Had to do some hard yards and again checked out several new sites ~ the first was a total fizzer and we only found some rusted tent pickets embedded at ground level ~ and a dishevelled array of 'foreign' basalt rocks which would have been perhaps a flag pole position at the head of the camp ~
Seems the site has been worked to extinction over the years ~
But by 16.00 we had a few relics and one cracker of a find ~ surely woudl be a 1 in a million find in a WWII site ~
Ed's best for the day ~ But what a find ~
( plus a 1931 1/2 penny ~ a trench art .45 ACP head and a same alloy fuel / water container lid as I foudn last week ~ )
Anyone ID the flat face button on the left ?
My finds with a spray of "nice tidy condition " 9 mm Owen Gun rounds ~ plus missing from picture ~ a 2 lb ball-pene hammer head and a Sure - Seal USA fuel cap `~
Plus what I believe is a crank handle from a field radio ~ cool find !
And the rusty piece is a rocker arm off a very large engine. On suggestion is that it may have been off a dynamo / generator plant ~
The 9mm rounds were also used in the AUSTEN as well as the Owen, I'd cut my right testicle off for either of them!
I assume U are referring to the 'Austen' ~ and not losing a testicle for a mere 9 mm round ! (?)I'd cut my right testicle off for either of them!
Point of fact was that I thought I had found an Owen magazine just near the 9mm round spray ~ But not to be ~ )
Milsurps Knowledge Library - Owen and Austen - The WW 2 ‘Aussie’ Machine Carbine StoryLysaght’s now had Owen guns in .32, .38 and .45 all waiting for full supply of ammunition to facilitate testing. On September 4, 1941 the Footscray velocity trials were under taken using Owen guns in the three calibres. It was here that Vincent’s brother Gerard Wardell saw the Sten gun, an Mk 1, for the first time. He was unimpressed with the gun design based on the German Bergmann but was impressed with the calibre.
Compared to the muzzle velocities of the 3 Owen guns (.32 - 920 feet/sec, .38 – 590 feet/sec, .45 – 940 feet/sec) the 9mm Sten had a muzzle velocity of 1300 feet/sec.
The Wardell brothers recognised immediately that any ‘Aussie’ machine carbine needed to be produced in either 9mm or .45ACP.
Just confirmed 9 mm spray are 1943 ~ Footscray manufactured
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