Post by volkssturm on May 13, 2019 23:19:22 GMT -5
I just found this kind of interesting. Back in the '50's my father belonged to a gun club. The club bought some cases of WWII surplus Cal. 30 M2 Ball, marked Frankfurt Arsenal 1943. A few years later the club folded and the leftovers ended up in our basement. Over the years we shot some, gave some away. Anyway, I ended up with the last of it, maybe 40 rounds. So I decided to get rid of it since it wasn't getting any younger, and it's corrosive primed, too. So I took my M1 out for the first time in years and shot it off. Until the last round. The very last round was a dud. Tried to fire it twice, no go. It has a good solid primer imprint, so it's not that. Just a dud primer I guess. All in all, that's pretty impressive for ammunition that's 76 years old. Never had one not go off before. Just really weird that it was the very last one.
I also had a refresher on what a pain it is to clean an M1 compared to a bolt action.
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There is a reason when they find old munitions (even civil war era and earlier!) They assume (rightfully so) that it is viable. So weird that the last round was the dud. Do you have the packing cardboard or boxes? Those are cool props to have.
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