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« on: July 05, 2009, 09:24:37 pm »
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I finally found a war relic!! I found a 57mm M86 AA shell in one of my neighbors yards.  The thin copper band at its base says this:

Lot MCO-3-17-1943 57mm M86


I will have a picture up as soon as I can.  I think that the shell was on a battleship.  The thing is a heavy son of a gun though.  See ya later.

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 10:21:41 pm »
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Awesome! Way to go! Can't wait to see your pics! Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009, 10:26:49 pm »
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Alright!! Here is the picture!! I used the can for reference to its size. Grin

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2009, 10:41:26 pm »
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I hope it aint live.

It seems to be an anti tank round.

Please be careful.

Maybe take it outside.

This could be dangerous.

I sure hope not,

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2009, 10:44:48 pm »
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Being that it was found in tha US,

it is probably harmless.

But Tabdog gets tha getters around

artillery rounds.

HH,

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2009, 10:47:54 pm »
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Well, the inside of it is empty.  It stops at one point, and the rest of it is solid.  It is quite heavy.

So you believe that it is Anti-Tank, or air? My neighbor thinks it is anti-air. 

I don't know nothing about it, but I will take cautious measures with it.  I found it about five-six inches in the ground.  I cleaned it up with a wire brush to get the rust off, the sparks didn't set it off, thank god.

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 01:30:08 am »
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tabdog;
You hit the nail on  the head, unexploded ordinance has killed a lot of people, still killing them in places like Vietnam.

Great find, though.

Brian AKA goldigger (yikes!)

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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2009, 06:22:49 pm »
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Alright, I've had it looked at and it is not live.  It is safe. 

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2009, 06:56:57 pm »
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Good deal.

I had some timer fuses.

They looked harmless,
and they were, but it
made me feal a lot
better to find out.

Congrats on yur adventure.

That round is super cool.

That size round was common
in anti-tank guns in WW II,
and were also used as a small
tank turett cannon.

A little hard to swing that dude
around and get a beade on a
airplane.

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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2009, 07:15:11 pm »
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Yes, it made me feel a lot more safe as well to know.  How it got over to the US is not any guess of mine.  Maybe a souvenir that was taken home by a soldier.  Not really sure. Undecided

Anyways.  It is approximately six and a half pounds in weight.  Its range is about three and a half miles.  It had a cap that went over the top of it, and it was made of tungsten. 

But, I have done research and you are right about it being a anti-tank shell.  It was fired from a M86 cannon and at the selected tank. 

I am just curious as to if it would be worth a little something.  I don't want to sell it, but it is just nice to know.   

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