WWII 20mm Display Cartridge

 

$19.95

 

This War Relic was fired from a an actual Oerlikon cannon. These projectiles and cases were retrieved from an “Anti-Aircraft” bombing range in Arizona.  They are practice rounds used to fire at drones for 20mm anti-aircraft gun training.

Different nations and services operated a number of mounting types for the same basic gun. In a typical single-barrel naval version, it is free-swinging on a fixed pedestal mounting with a flat armored shield affording some protection for the crew. The cannon is aimed and fired by a gunner using, in its simplest form, a ring-and-bead sight. The gunner is attached to the weapon by a waist-belt and shoulder supports. For this reason, some mountings existed with a height-adjustment feature to compensate for different sized gunners. A "piece chief" designates targets and the feeder changes exhausted magazines.

  

  

During World War II, twin and quadruple Oerlikon mounts were developed, both for army and for navy use. The US Navy operated a quad mount developed for PT boats. Ammunition feed is typically by a 60-round drum magazine on the top of the gun. A trigger in the right-hand grip controls fire. Used cartridges are ejected from below the breech. In a typical single-barrel naval version, it is free-swinging on a fixed pedestal mounting with a flat armored shield affording some protection for the crew. The cannon is aimed and fired by a gunner using, in its simplest form, a ring-and-bead sight. The gunner is attached to the weapon by a waist-belt and shoulder supports. For this reason, some mountings existed with a height-adjustment feature to compensate for different sized gunners. A "piece chief" designates targets and the feeder changes exhausted magazines.

  

In 1940 the Radioplane Company won an Army contract. They manufactured nearly fifteen thousand drones for the army for anti aircraft practice during World War II.

  

  

  

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THIS IS AN INERT PROJECTILE AND CARTRIDGE! The original bullet was fired and this authentic case was gathered from the firing range. The projectile was cleaned up, and added back into it for display purposes only.

Each display cartridge measures 7 1/4 inches in length and 3/4 inch in diameter.  This cartridge will also come with a small history info sheet, describing the item along with the gun.

These WWII brass cases are very rare and difficult to come by.

              




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