Original U.S. Vietnam War / Korean War Inert 90mm Anti-Aircraft / Armor Round For The M1/M2/M3 90mm Gun - Dated 1952/72

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely inert example of a 90mm Gun Round. This example is completely void of any explosive content nor is it able to be used as an explosive device. The round is in compliance with the current BATF standards on inert ordnance.

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The 90 mm gun M1/M2/M3 was an American heavy anti-aircraft and anti-tank gun, playing a role similar to the German 8.8cm Flak 18. It had a 3.5 in (90 mm) diameter bore, and a 50 caliber barrel, giving it a length of 15 ft (4.6 m). It was capable of firing a 3.5 in × 23.6 in (90 mm × 600 mm) shell 62,474 ft (19,042 m) horizontally, or a maximum altitude of 43,500 ft (13,300 m).

The 90 mm gun was the US Army's primary heavy anti-aircraft gun from just prior to the opening of World War II into 1946, complemented by small numbers of the much larger 120 mm M1 gun. Both were widely deployed in the United States postwar as the Cold War presented a perceived threat from Soviet bombers. The anti-aircraft guns were phased out in the middle 1950s as their role was taken over by surface-to-air missiles such as the MIM-3 Nike Ajax.

As a tank gun it was the main weapon of the M36 tank destroyer and M26 Pershing tank, as well as a number of post-war tanks like the M56 Scorpion. It was also briefly deployed 1943–1946 as a coast defense weapon with the United States Army Coast Artillery Corps. Each gun cost roughly $50,000 to make in 1940 and utilized up to 30 separate contractors to manufacture.

The bottom of the brass casing is stamped with 90MM M1 with an unreadable lot number beneath it. On the opposite side is the date 1972. The projectile, even though it was repainted, still has a complete arsenal marking visible:

LOT CC-1-14 MP 90MM-T142E3 1952

This is a lovely example that comes more than ready for display!

Total Height: 36 ½”
Weight: 20.7 Pounds

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