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 Can anyone identify this Military Mortar? Rocket?
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wallyent
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USA
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Posted - 06/12/2016 :  11:37:03 PM  Show Profile
Believe this is a vintage 60's Vietnam era. Only have this one piece which looks to be aluminum and I think the tail end of a Mortar/Rocket?? Have looked all over the net and can't seem to land a duplicate. Think the primer piece is dated 2-68. Thanks!!






Maybe this will help. The mortar on the right I have identified as an 81MM and the fins are are about 3" diameter on bottom while the larger one is about 3 1/2" diameter. Does that change the caliber size or ??? We can't find anything similar to the one on the left. We've looked up 60MM, 81MM, mortars, rockets, and just can't come up with what it is.





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Edited by - wallyent on 06/14/2016 7:40:39 PM

11b6r
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USA
16441 Posts

Posted - 06/13/2016 :  12:08:50 AM  Show Profile
POSSIBLY the base of an 81mm mortar illumination round (think parachute flare) similar to the M835A1. Just a guess.

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charliemeyer007
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USA
5794 Posts

Posted - 06/13/2016 :  12:16:23 AM  Show Profile
Fins look 60mm mortar like.
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perry shooter
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Posted - 06/13/2016 :  06:26:47 AM  Show Profile
looks like 81MM TO ME
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Wild Turkey
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1633 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2016 :  6:51:07 PM  Show Profile
If it's larger than 81mm then the next size is 4.2" but they didn't use fin stabilized rounds.

Could it be a Russian/Chinese round?

Wild Turkey
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Edited by - Wild Turkey on 06/17/2016 6:56:27 PM
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rufe-snow
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Posted - 06/17/2016 :  7:19:22 PM  Show Profile
Might be similar to this M 301 illumination mortar round? Similar ammo is made in many different countries. 81mm is a standard mortar size.





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SoreShoulder
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2740 Posts

Posted - 06/21/2016 :  11:43:13 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by 11b6r

...81mm mortar illumination round (think parachute flare)...
Do those blow up? The shaft looks like it burst at the front end and the fins got struck by splinters.
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Txs
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Posted - 06/22/2016 :  11:24:56 AM  Show Profile
What you show is about 3.5 inch, or around around 88-89mm.

To my knowledge the US military has never used a mortar in this size range. You might want to expand your search to foreign weapons, including those earlier than the 60's.

I don't know much of anything about them, but I'm aware that Japan produced a 90mm mortar during WWII. Considering their occupation of Vietnam during that time I suppose it's possible the VC used captured/abandoned stocks of those.

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throngcleaver
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USA
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Posted - 04/06/2018 :  7:44:14 PM  Show Profile
Hi guys, first post on this forum.

I realize this is an old post, and that you've probably found your answer by now, but...

What you have there, is the tail of a HEAT round for the 90mm recoilless rifle, M67. It's either an M371, an M371E1, or an M371A1.

I have a complete E1 (less the case and the cap) in my collection.

You can find it in TM9-1300-203.
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US Military Guy
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USA
2669 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2018 :  9:17:38 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by throngcleaver

Hi guys, first post on this forum.

I realize this is an old post, and that you've probably found your answer by now, but...

What you have there, is the tail of a HEAT round for the 90mm recoilless rifle, M67. It's either an M371, an M371E1, or an M371A1.

I have a complete E1 (less the case and the cap) in my collection.

You can find it in TM9-1300-203.



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Edited by - US Military Guy on 04/06/2018 9:18:17 PM
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drl50
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2430 Posts

Posted - 04/07/2018 :  08:48:23 AM  Show Profile
Looks like a full range training round. There are thousands in impact areas in the U.S. That's my vote.
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