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Mills Grenade base plug query

Article about: I'd be grateful if anybody tell me what the WDC stands for on this plug?

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    I'd be grateful if anybody tell me what the WDC stands for on this plug?


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    Wolverhampton Die-Casting Co.

    Eric
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    Beat me to it Eric

    Out of interest, this page can be quite useful sometimes. Saves a lot of web searching

    No36 M Mk1 Base Plugs

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    Thank you guys ... I found your replies very useful!
    Last edited by John Winter; 01-28-2013 at 08:31 PM.

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    Quote by John Winter View Post
    Thank you guys ... I found your replies very useful!
    I've posted about this in my blog:


    Mills Grenade Base Plug | John Winter

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    I arranged the removal and transport of some of the machinery and tooling from the Wolverhampton Die Casting Company after it closed and everything was auctioned off back around 2004-5.

    I remember that the dies and molds of many different components were scrapped wholesale, including those for the ringed hilt of the 3rd Pattern Fairburn-Sykes Fighting Knife! There was a lot of money made in scrap off that job....
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    As a detectorist I am intrigued as to why I find so many base plugs but never fragments of the grenade casing. Were the plugs made of a different - and sturdier - metal?

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    Quote by John Winter View Post
    As a detectorist I am intrigued as to why I find so many base plugs but never fragments of the grenade casing. Were the plugs made of a different - and sturdier - metal?
    We find a lot of this on the Eastern Front as well, along with fuses in good condition. I think it's because they are threaded/screwed into the shells and pop out like a Champagne cork We also find a LOT of shrapnel, which is something the devil invented for metal detectors

    Regards, Lars

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    All depends on what you set your discrim at John. If I start finding base plugs I turn my discrim down and can then find the other bits of the grenade. Problem is, you soon get fed up of it because whole areas are littered with fragments the size of your fingernail! You can find larger chunks, but it is often the case that, with the discrim right down, you get so many detections you can't pinpoint finds.

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    Thanks Datrus and Steve T for the prompt replies.
    It was a query on my blog which, thanks to your help, I have answered!

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