Original U.S. Post Korean War M49A2 60mm Deactivated Mortar Round dated 1954 with 1953 dated M52 PD 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 a hard to find Post Korean War 1954 Dated M49A2 Deactivated Mortar Round, for the U.S. 60mm M2 Mortar. The M49A2 was a High explosive (HE) round, equipped with an aluminum housed point detonating fuse PD M52., which is partially dated 1953. The whole fuse assembly is in really poor shape due to an inexperienced individual aggressive use of what appears to be channel lock pliers to remove it. This poor technique unfortunately left the fuse assembly deeply grooved and “chewed” up due to the softness of the metal and lack of any sort of cover to protect it from the teeth of a set of pliers.

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 fair condition, with original arsenal markings that are extremely faint but the designation and 1954 date can be made out in proper lighting. The body retains no paint and now has a bare body showing extensive pitting throughout. The tail assembly still retains much of the original black paint and does appear to be dated 1968.

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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