Original U.S. Korean War M49A2 60mm Deactivated Mortar Round Dated 1952 with Fuse - Inert

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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 device and is not available for export.
This is an interesting display example which come complete with prop packs in the fins. This is a hard to find Korean War 1952 Dated M49A2 Deactivated Mortar Round, for the U.S. 60mm M2 Mortar. However, this example is marked M-2A4B2 instead of the M49 series markings. This is the shell used inside of the M2A4 Bounding Anti-Personnel Mine. The mine consisted of a cylindrical steel main body containing a 60 millimeter mortar shell body (originally the M49A2), linked to a tall thin fuze stand. The fuze stand held either a pin based tripwire fuze or a combination pressure tripwire fuze with a pronged pressure cap. Later fuzes were sensitive to pressure or pull and could be used with a tripwire. When the mine is triggered a black powder charge launches the mortar shell out of the main body of the mine and into the air. A pyrotechnic delay fuse triggers the mine when it has risen to between two and three meters in height. The lethal radius of the mine is reported to be approximately ten meters.
Since this was made as a display M49A2 round, we will continue on. The M49A2 was a High explosive (HE) round, equipped with an aluminum housed point detonating fuse PDF M52B1., which is marked with a single letter P. It was an explosive shell used against infantry and other light area targets. It has a minimum range of 200 yards when fired without a boosting charge at a 70° angle and a maximum range of 2017 yards when fired with four boosting charges at a 45° angle.
This example is in very good condition, with original arsenal markings prominently stamped into the mortar round body:

There is original green paint present with no paint on the fuze or tail. The fuse, which does have the aluminum detonation button, screws off for inspecting the internal structure.

A great chance to pick up a scarce Korean War dated deactivated mortar round!

The U.S. M2 60 mm mortar was developed from the heavier 81 mm M1 Mortar to provide a lighter-weight alternative to company-level fire support. The M2 attempted to bridge the gap between the 81 mm mortar and the hand grenade. Normally employed by the weapons platoon of a U.S. infantry company, the M2 is of the usual mortar pattern of the day. It consists of a smoothbore metal tube on a rectangular baseplate, supported by a simple bipod with the elevation and traverse mechanisms. The firing pin was fixed in the base cap of the tube, and the bomb was fired automatically when it dropped down the barrel. Though classed as a light mortar, the M2 had considerable range compared to the 50 mm and 60 mm mortars of most other nations, and its fixed-firing pin design allowed a high rate of fire by trained crews. The M2 Mortar was used throughout World War II by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.
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