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Militaria id please

Post by jondurandsilver » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:30 am

I found this bad boy and was wondering what type and age it was?
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Post by Stillburning » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:43 am

Looks like a .50 cal tracer, got a picture of the base?
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Post by jondurandsilver » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:52 am

It has U 2 4 on the base
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Post by amphora » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:04 pm

Be careful with all coloured points (accept for black or none).
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Post by GeorgeMK » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:46 pm

.50 cal (as stated above) for Browning machine guns. (a.k.a. .50BMG or 12,7x99mm)

If red tip it is tracer.

If red tip with a silver band it is armour piercing incendiary with tracer element.

The bullet is too corroded to determine if it had a silver band or not, so it might be API-T.

The head-stamp U 42 indicates that it was made in 1942. U is the maker, which might be the Remington Arms Company, or it might be Pretoria Mint, as both used U. I no longer have my .50 cal reference book, so I cannot confirm which maker it is.

Don’t forget in the UK this is either Section 1 or Section 5 ammunition depending on the bullet type, and needs the appropriate license, so it’s best to hand it in to the Police a.s.a.p.

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Post by MilitaryMetalMagnut » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:41 pm

As has been stated, this is an American .50BMG (Browning Machine Gun) tracer round.
Tracer rounds (And live rounds in general) will require a firearms licence to own, so this will need to go off to the police. ::g

I made a thread on Ammo colour code types some months back, which might be useful should you find more. viewtopic.php?f=61&t=106179


GeorgeMK wrote:
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The head-stamp U 42 indicates that it was made in 1942. U is the maker, which might be the Remington Arms Company, or it might be Pretoria Mint, as both used U. I no longer have my .50 cal reference book, so I cannot confirm which maker it is.

In this case 'U' is for the Utah Ordnance Plant, Salt Lake City, UT.
Shame, as it appears to be a somewhat uncommon headstamp. ::g

https://forum.cartridgecollectors.org/t ... 42/31175/6

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