Original U.S. Vietnam War Inert 60mm HE M49A3 Mortar Round - Dated 1970

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 1973-Dated M49A3 Deactivated Mortar Round, for the U.S. 60mm M2 Mortar. This cartridge is fired in 60mm mortars M2 or M19 for use against personnel and materiel, providing both fragmentation and blast effect.

The complete round consists of a projectile body a point detonating fuze (staked), a fin assembly, four increments of propellant charge, an ignition cartridge, and a percussion primer. The projectile body is of pearlitic malleable iron (PMI), and is threaded internally at the nose to accept the fuze and at the base to accept the fin assembly. The body is filled with Composition B high explosive.

The projectile body of the M49A3 is of forged steel and is filled with flaked TNT. This example is in very good condition, with original arsenal markings stamped into the mortar round body:

WH 4 - 12 - 1970 60MM - M49A3

The OD Green paint is retained very well, and there is also a stenciled marking indicating that it is EMPTY, dated 4-70. Most likely this example was made as an inert practice version, and was never filled with any type of explosive. The fuze also has the correct FUZE, PD, M525, EMPTY marking on the side, as well as a 3-70 date. Measures approximately 11 1/4 inches in length.

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

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