Found Artillery - Imgur
Found this artillery shell while metal detecting on a populated beach in St. Augustine, FL. On the same quarter mile stretch of beach, I've also found several 50 cal rounds in parallel rows as if the beach had been strafed at one point. I understand the dangers and those have been repeated to me on several sites, I just want to know what this came from.
- This shell is 8.5" long
- The rear of the shell is 2 15/16" in diameter
- The nose of the shell is 2 3/8" in diameter
- The inside of the nose is threaded and is 1 5/8" inside diameter
- The rifled portion is brass and is 3 1/8" in diameter
These measurements are not exact as rust may be throwing them off a little. The overall composition of this item appears to be steel with a brass rifling ring. It's pretty heavy but not heavy enough to make me think it's solid steel.
There are markings on the "head stamp" area, some of which are legible. In no particular order, I can make out these markings:
- DOD 638 37
- MOD 2K-HW 00
- 876 LBS
- COM FL WAA
It's pretty corroded so I wrote down what I THINK some of the letters are. There are other markings stamped on it but too corroded to make out.