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A piece of history arrived today

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    A spam can full of WWII vintage .45.
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    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    Nice.
    You don't see WWII canned ammo very often.

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    Several places got some recently - this came from Sportsmans Guide. About $180 for the can. Another store has Winchester but is charging $40 more for a can.
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    A piece of history at least...Way to go Mark...Must be brass cased and therefore non corrosive (i think only EC 43 & ECS 43 are steel cased and corrosive)...
    Regards, Thanos.

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    Unfortunately, it is corrosive - no .45 cal manufacturers switched to non-corrosive primers until into the early 1950s. Evansville Chrysler primarily made steel-cased .45 ammo. But, it's not that hard to clean....I'm just not sure I want to pop this can to shoot it.
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    Quote by MarkV View Post
    Unfortunately, it is corrosive - no .45 cal manufacturers switched to non-corrosive primers until into the early 1950s. Evansville Chrysler primarily made steel-cased .45 ammo. But, it's not that hard to clean....I'm just not sure I want to pop this can to shoot it.
    Yes i know what you mean...An unopened spam can, could fetch a premium in the future...I have about 50 .45 ACP ctgs steel-cased EC 43 and one single ECS 43, all in mint cond., that i don't plan to shoot. The method of cleaning the barrel and breechface of a M1911A1, to hose them down with warm soapwater, drying them and then apply a good film of oil is correct ? I was taught that during my Army duty, when shooting corrosive ammo.
    Best regards, Thanos.
    P.S. 1 I didn't know that all .45 ACP ctgs produced in the States are corrosive. I thought that only steel-cased ones were. Thanks for the enlightment...
    P.S. 2 By the way, when serving, Mark, you were issued the M9 Beretta ?
    Last edited by COLT 1911A1; 11-30-2011 at 07:34 AM.

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    Very nice. This kind of thing does not turn up in the UK.

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    Quote by COLT 1911A1 View Post
    Yes i know what you mean...An unopened spam can, could fetch a premium in the future...I have about 50 .45 ACP ctgs steel-cased EC 43 and one single ECS 43, all in mint cond., that i don't plan to shoot. The method of cleaning the barrel and breechface of a M1911A1, to hose them down with warm soapwater, drying them and then apply a good film of oil is correct ? I was taught that during my Army duty, when shooting corrosive ammo.
    Best regards, Thanos.
    P.S. 1 I didn't know that all .45 ACP ctgs produced in the States are corrosive. I thought that only steel-cased ones were. Thanks for the enlightment...
    P.S. 2 By the way, when serving, Mark, you were issued the M9 Beretta ?
    I've also been told Windex is good for cleaning after shooting corrosive ammo - but it might just be because it is water-based. I normally use hot water and clean 2 days in a row - and good doses of bore cleaner poured down the barrel.

    When I initially wnt into the Army we still had M1911A1s. I never got used to them after we switched and always qualified better with the 1911s than the M9s. I think it might have something to do with the longer pull trigger - I tended to pull my shots left (I shoot a pistol left handed). And, I love the stopping power of the .45 - and carry a Kimber Ultra CDP II with Crimson Trace in a 3" barrel today as my concealed cary weapon of choice. There's nothing like the M1911 frame in my opinion.

    Mark
    MarkV
    COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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    Quote by MarkV View Post
    I've also been told Windex is good for cleaning after shooting corrosive ammo - but it might just be because it is water-based. I normally use hot water and clean 2 days in a row - and good doses of bore cleaner poured down the barrel.

    When I initially wnt into the Army we still had M1911A1s. I never got used to them after we switched and always qualified better with the 1911s than the M9s. I think it might have something to do with the longer pull trigger - I tended to pull my shots left (I shoot a pistol left handed). And, I love the stopping power of the .45 - and carry a Kimber Ultra CDP II with Crimson Trace in a 3" barrel today as my concealed cary weapon of choice. There's nothing like the M1911 frame in my opinion.

    Mark
    I totaly agree with you on the M1911A1. I was issued a near-mint cond. Colt back in '88 when serving as an NCO and frankly, i still remember how sweet it felt in the hand and during shooting. Though i've tried the Beretta 92FS a while back when shooting practical, it's just not of my taste, so i had to turn to Glock 17 for the category.
    The Kimber CDP is an excellent choice for personal defence as it mates compactness with lightness together with a great big punch.
    Thanks for the info in cleaning after shooting corrosive ammo.
    Thanos.

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