Original U.S. Vietnam War Inert M374 HE 81mm Mortar Round - Dated 1969

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of an 81mm M374 HE round for the M29 Mortar System. This round cannot be rendered live again to be used as an explosive device and is in complete compliance per the current regulations set out by the BATF.

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The M29 is an American-produced 81 millimeter mortar. It began replacing the M1 mortar in U.S. service in 1952 being lighter and with greater range. It was subsequently replaced by the M252 mortar in 1987. Variants included the M29E1 and M29A1, adopted in 1964. These were produced with a hard chrome-plated bore to prolong barrel life and ease of cleaning.

The maximum rate of fire is 30 rounds for the first minute followed by 4 to 12 rounds per additional minute. The range is 5,140 yards. The weapon was usually serviced by a crew of five. The normal crew consisted of a squad leader, a gunner, an assistant gunner and two ammunition handlers.

The round itself is in good condition and retains little of the original OD Green paint with handling wear present as well as some surface rust and pitting. The round still retains clear arsenal stamps which identifies this round as a 81mm HE M374A1 round and is dated as 11-1-69. The tail fin assembly is an added piece for display purposes. The fuse assembly is marked as a PD M524A6 and is dated 11-72.

This is a wonderful example of a genuine 1969 Vietnam War dated 81mm Mortar Round! Comes more than ready for display.

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