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Original U.S. Post-WWII 75mm M20 Recoilless Rifle Subcaliber Training Round With Integrated 1917 Browning .30 Cal Barrel (Deactivated)

Regular price $450.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. Now this was a strange encounter, one that we have not seen before. This 75mm round is used for the M20 Recoilless Rifle, but with a twist. The round itself is a Subcaliber Trainer with an integrated M1917 Browning .30 Caliber Barrel running down the center! The complete round is totally inert and is in complete compliance per the current BATF standards governing ordnance and firearms. The rifle barrel was deactivated and can no longer function as a “live” barrel.

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The M20 recoilless rifle is a U.S. 75 mm caliber recoilless rifle T21E12 that was used during the last months of the Second World War and extensively during the Korean War. It could be fired from an M1917A1 .30 caliber machine gun tripod, or from a vehicle mount, typically a Jeep. Its shaped charge warhead, also known as HEAT, was capable of penetrating 100 mm of armor. Although the weapon proved ineffective against the T-34 tank during the Korean War and most other tanks, it was used primarily as a close infantry support weapon to engage all types of targets including infantry and lightly armored vehicles. The M20 proved useful against pillboxes and other types of field fortifications.

The round stands at approximately 26 inches in height and has a projectile that is keyed to the casing and cannot be removed. There are no markings on either component, making it rather difficult to determine date of manufacture, but it does appear to be Post WWII / Korean War and would have been used up into the Vietnam War. The projectile itself appears to be repainted.

A lovely, scarce example that comes more than ready for further research and display.

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