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Original U.S. Cold War Era Inert Wooden 5 Inch 38 Caliber Gun Mk 5 Dummy Cartridge - dated 1985

Regular price $395.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of a Mk 5 Dummy Cartridge for the 5-inch/38-caliber gun. The dummy round is totally inert and is in compliance per the current BATF regulations governing ordnance.

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The Mark 12 5"/38 caliber gun was a United States dual-purpose naval gun, but also installed in single-purpose mounts on a handful of ships. The 38 caliber barrel was a mid-length compromise between the previous United States standard 5"/51 low-angle gun and 5"/25 anti-aircraft gun. United States naval gun terminology indicates the gun fired a projectile 5 inches (127 mm) in diameter, and the barrel was 38 calibers long. The increased barrel length provided greatly improved performance in both anti-aircraft and anti-surface roles compared to the 5"/25 gun. However, except for the barrel length and the use of semi-fixed ammunition, the 5"/38 gun was derived from the 5"/25 gun. Both weapons had power ramming, which enabled rapid fire at high angles against aircraft. The 5"/38 entered service on USS Farragut, commissioned in 1934, the first new destroyer design since the last Clemson was built in 1922. The base ring mount, which improved the effective rate of fire, entered service on USS Porter, commissioned in 1936.

These dummy rounds were intended to provide lifelike size and feel as the real/live cartridge used for drills in loading these guns. A lovely example in solid condition.

Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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