carna welcome to the forum !
Thanks mate......I was already aware of the types and what the markings refer to.....If you look in the ammo forum you'll see a sticky post there by me showing headstamps and what they mean......I am somewhat of an enthusiastic expert
So long as the metal isn't corroded and no part of the core is exposed they are perfectly safe.
And so long as I don't smack them with a hammer ofc
Then I guess you know of this site I found by chance the other day?
Great overview og headstamps and colur codes.
Sorry....just re-read your first post
The cut through ones we are now almost certain are 'trench art' projects that never got finished. Most of the ones I find have not been fired and show no evidence of a misfire. Some have been fired and may actually be 'jams' that were removed when the planes returned to base. One of the forum members is on active service and sees cartridges split in clean lines like this on a regular basis.......they split in the barrel and he has to dig them out
Most though are, as I've said, trench art. I've found a number of cartridges made into lighters and, like the picture on the previous page, cartridges with 'things' inserted inside them.
Thanks for the help mate
Hi, I was talking about the projectiles, not the cartridge cases, which well may have been cut, with trench art in mind, as for the advice, of the stability and retention of any ordnance, containing phos; I am sure the member whom is on active service, might offer you some sound advice, regardless of your enthusiastic DIY knowledge, I would warn against even removing these hazardous munitions from their found location, remember who reads these posts, and realise all our responsibilities, to be responsible, Live ordnance should be reported to the Police
mmm, i would have been on the blower all day if i had to report all the .50s iv ploughed up over the years... until recent years you couldnt walk 50 paces without stepping on one.......
Lovin your finds, looking forward to the next finds!
By the way Steve, 6 months or so ago i found some interesting engine pieces from a crassed b24, been soaking them in diesel and oil since, kinda forgot about them!!
il post if you wanna see em...
keep up the good work
Sure Gibba !
Get some pics of the pieces posted I'd love to see 'em
Great finds, you've had some luck there...
As one of the other guys said, go steady with the blue tips they are WP, we found hundreds of them dumped at the ALG outside Carentan a few years ago but left them there.
I have dug up quite a few .50 heads and cases in the field behind our house from when the USAAF were strafing our village, even found some whilst gardening!
I am particularly careful with the blue tip rounds, and do not touch them if the jacket is in any way damaged. So long as the core doesn't get exposed to the air, and they remain relatively cool, they will be fine.
Awesome that you found some stuff whilst gardening ! All I ever find is backaches
Check out some of my other threads........one of them shows the German wound badge I found on an old POW site in the midlands
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