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Article about: Three cases fired from a Bren gun (2nd 3rd and the 4th) and a RG unfired round like yours to compare. Regards, aghs

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    Three cases fired from a Bren gun (2nd 3rd and the 4th) and a RG unfired round like yours to compare.
    Regards, aghs
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    thanks for the comparison pictures aghs ,i can clearly see that the pin strikes are precise, fairly central and very clean indentation compared to mine cheers james

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    Posting the details about ROF Radway Green production prompted me to put together this collage from the collection to illustrate the evolution of the .303 inch Mark VII ball round during WW2. (It was similar at the other Ordnance factories)

    1. The first production in 1940 with coded manufacturer.
    2. 1941 production with coded manufacturer.
    3. 1942 production with manufacturer shown as "RG"
    4. 1942 production with the change to gilding metal bullet envelopes.
    5. 1943 production with full four digit date for Air Service quality ammunition. All .303 inch ammunition since 1939 had been made to Air Service standards but from 1st January 1943 it was decided to only use a two digit date even though the rounds were Air Service quality. This round is a throw back to the old system.
    6. 1943 production with correct two digit date.
    7. 1944 production still with 3 x 120 degree slit crimps for bullet securement.
    8. 1944 production with neck coning for bullet securement. The bullet cannelure was moved forward accordingly.
    9. 1945 production with the Mark number changed from Roman numerals (VII) to Indo-Arabic numerals (7). (Ignore the "L.S." as this is an experimental round with lead styphenate primer)

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    TonyE
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    many thanks tony you have been most kind providing all this information i can learn a great deal

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