Naval Artillery disarm .

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by MobileMarine, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    Ok a while back I purchased this bad boy at a yard sale of all places for 35.00
    '' Win ! '' To make a very long and terrifying story short I have discovered its not live :eek: . Dont ask how I got the top off but it cost me about 3 packs of smokes after the fact to calm my nerves . Soooo in order to save my offspring from such experiance and to keep EOD grubby hands away from it , I want to drill a hole or do something so anyone would know thats its inert, BUT I dont want to take away any value .
    I have also failed to give it a proper I.D

    OP link http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f30/need-major-help-here-asap-42479/
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  2. countryboy

    countryboy New Member

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    Im active navy, with some dimensions I think I could find a gunners mate to id that for you...

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  3. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Paint it safety blue, that is the proper color for inert rounds. But the
    lack of a fuse should have been the clue that it was a BLP (Blank loaded
    and plugged) round. Polish up the driving bands with some brasso and
    it'll be sweet.

    Where and what is your rate?
     
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  4. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    the nose cone unscrews , the fuse threads into the top under the cone, so i assume . No base fuse , i painted it black with a white tip and it sits happily beside my desk next to 3 empty nitrous bottles . I thought about drilling a 3/8 hole in the base on the very bottom , safety blue does not look cool lol . I filled it with water for a few days just to be sure , my eod guy said brake fluid but I did not feel like wasting a few gallons , as that is prob what this puppy would hold . I feel sorry for who ever was on the business end of this ol girl back in the day , gives me the chills just looking at it
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    im glad it turned out inert. that is the most awesome office decoration ive seen :) it would make one helluva diving tank!!
     
  6. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    The solid nose is the indicator for a BLP round. Live rounds are color coded
    other than blue, all practice torps, missiles, Naval Gun rounds are painted
    safety blue. A live round would have had a fuse (very bad) or a flat nosed
    plastic or phenolic plug in the round that is removed right before the fuse
    is inserted and set (if needed) and fired. Our Mk 45 Mod 2 5" Guns had
    a 20 round revolving magazine the ammunition was semi-fixed and the
    fuses were attached right before they were placed in the magazine.

    That looks like an 8" round also would have been semi fixed ammunition,
    I believe. Likely Vietnam or earlier vintage. I cannot recall any ships
    with 8" guns from when I was in. Only the battleships with their 16" guns.
     
  7. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    2497
    Gwk are the only markings on it ,
    2497 on the cone
    2497 on the main body
    then Gwk