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  1. geetar_freek

    geetar_freek New Member

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    I'm looking for any information on this. I got it from my grandpa who allegedly says this was a torpedo that was dropped by airplanes. He was in the navy during WW2. I can't seem to find anything online. It's tough to search for information on it when I have no clue what it really is. It also appears to have a 3 digit serial number or number stamped into the shaft portion.
     
  2. CAC

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    My total guess is a flare...
     
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    I thought mortar, but then I ran across a M9A1 rifle fired grenade. It looks like exactly the same minus the base but the dimensions I find online for those are a fair amount smaller then this thing.
     
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    It looks like a rocket...but that base keeps throwing me...
     
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    Hedgehog rocket?
     
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    Reminiscent of mousetrap anti submarine rockets.
    Suspect 'anti-submarine projector' might be a worthwhile starting point.

    Do you mind if I ask elsewhere?
     
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    Dimensions would be useful.
     
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    "'Bout this big by this big."
     
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    It is 58.7mm diameter at the largest portion and aprox. 476mm. (18 3/4 in.) tall.

    Von poop I don't mind. I'd just like to find out whatever I can about it.
     
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    This is one of the M9A1 grenades I've stumbled across. This is the most similar looking thing I have found. But according to dimensions online they are quite a bit smaller
     

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    Not an M9 nor even an M11, both are a good bit shorter. My guess is a gussied up M6A3 . . . a 2.36 inch HEAT rocket fired from a bazooka type tube . . . or maybe more likely the practice round for same, the M7A3 . . . in either case not something generally carried in or on a USN airplane and obviously not a torpedo.
     
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    Suggestion from a very strong player in Ordnance ID that it's a bazooka lamp.
    Andy Holcombe on Twitter (Follow him for some fine WW2 ex-exploding things.)

    Capture.JPG
     
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    The base puts it out of real use, so the lamp thing would be reasonable. Probably somebody's shop class project. I've seen five inch shells used as floor lamp bases. (And somebody always asks "Is that thing live?")
     
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    If it proves there is space for a cable & 'lamp' fits, I would definitely be rewiring that.
    Maybe after a repaint...
     
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    Thanks for all the info. Yeah lamp was kinda my plan. The wife wants me to leave the color, "it's vintage", but I honestly don't want the ugly ass thing around, hahha Repaint it is.
    Thanks again.
     
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    Match the color. Take it to a paint shop and they can recreate the original colors. But if you want it to look "vintage" you need to go with olive drab, not '50s kitsch.
     

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