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    Found this and thought it might be helpful for those trying to identify projectiles.Identifying rotating bands

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    I have used Driving Bands, (DB), (the term Rotating Band is a horrid colonialism) as an identification medium for years. The WW1 projectiles are best for that although some WW2 are easily ID'd by the DB, (try the 17 Pdr or 3.7 In AA which stands out a mile).

    As UK alone has dozens of different design for each war your list is not really comprehensive but it is a start. For British WW1 the Treatise of Ammunition 1915 and for WW2 The Text Book of Ammunition 1936 are good start points. What your diagram shows is the method of stopping slippage of the DB which is normally not seen unless the DB is missing but very useful when the locals have hacked off the DB for the copper.

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    Quote by vegetius View Post
    I have used Driving Bands, (DB), (the term Rotating Band is a horrid colonialism) as an identification medium for years. The WW1 projectiles are best for that although some WW2 are easily ID'd by the DB, (try the 17 Pdr or 3.7 In AA which stands out a mile).

    As UK alone has dozens of different design for each war your list is not really comprehensive but it is a start. For British WW1 the Treatise of Ammunition 1915 and for WW2 The Text Book of Ammunition 1936 are good start points. What your diagram shows is the method of stopping slippage of the DB which is normally not seen unless the DB is missing but very useful when the locals have hacked off the DB for the copper.
    Good info Rod

    As ever, it just isn't that simple

    To use a phrase I have used thousands of times over the years as a qualifier at the end of an incident report;

    "Witness reliable"

    Regards

    Mark
    Last edited by Watchdog; 10-26-2020 at 12:08 PM. Reason: Typo
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    Remember anything that starts with either of the phrases " I have a good idea", or, "I wonder what would happen if....." is automatically a bad idea and should not be done!!

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