Original U.S. Korean War Era Deactivated 81mm M301A1 Illuminating Mortar Shell Round - Dated 1953

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Totally inert and demilitarized according to BATF guidelines with hollow body and inert fuse. This mortar round cannot be converted to an explosive devise and is not available for export.

This is a hard to find WWII 1953-Dated M301A1 Deactivated Illuminating Mortar Round, for the U.S. 81mm M29 Mortar. This projectile is used for illuminating a desired point or area.

The complete round consists of a body tube and tail cone assembly, an illuminant candle, and parachute assembly. The top is fitted with an adjustable time fuze with a built in expelling charge, while the bottom is fitted with a fin assembly with propellant charge, and an ignition cartridge with percussion primer. The sides of the fin assembly have exhaust holes, which can be blocked with clamps to increase the amount of propulsion for a higher arc. The illuminant assembly consists of a first fire charge and an illuminant charge, and is contained in a box board case and attached to the parachute with a 30-inch suspension line.

There are still original arsenal markings stamped into the mortar round at the bottom of the body where it narrows before the fins:

NAE1 - 53 1953  81MM M301A1

The fuze also has the correct FUZE TIME M84 marking on the side, as well as a 3-54 date after the lot number. Collar adjusts from 0 to 25 seconds delay. Measures approximately 22 1/2 inches in length.

This is a great chance to pick up a scarce Korean War dated inert mortar round!

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