HELP. I have no idea what this thing is or if it is even firearms related!


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Quilbilly
September 3, 2009, 01:52 PM
So, I have this 92 year old grandmother. Both of her husbands and 2 of her brothers were all in the service. 3 of them were on the beaches at Normandy. She has had her house for about 50 years so tons of stuff has just piled up in odd places like in her basement (I have found books from as early as 1902 down there).

Today I picked up this thing thinking that it was nothing then looked at the bottom and noticed what appeared to be a primer. A little closer inspection revealed the writing partially covered up by a metal band which reads "CASE CARTRIDGE M169". There is also some stuff that I can barely make out that says something like "40MM PM430 MA-94E055023".

This is a pretty exciting find for me and I am trying not to get my hopes up that it was my grandpas. I included a couple pics that I took from my phone. I am thinking that the metal band locked more of these together. Any info would be greatly appreciated.



http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/27/m_64c9d763c40b43148d963b6ef074ecf2.jpg



http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/21/m_2204fa18736c408e995b5298b1cd1580.jpg

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SDC
September 3, 2009, 01:54 PM
That's a fired cartridge case from a MK19 40mm automatic grenade-launcher;

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/43/MK19-02.jpg/300px-MK19-02.jpg

9mm+
September 3, 2009, 02:00 PM
Did you look in the garage to see if the Mk19 was in there? Like animal droppings, where you find grenade casings, you may find the grenade launcher. If you find it, please give me a call! :)

divemedic
September 3, 2009, 02:11 PM
http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/134545000/134545178/pix3256316046.jpg


from here

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=134545178

doc2rn
September 3, 2009, 02:28 PM
^yup asked and answered a spent casing from a 40 mic mic that went through a MK 19.

TedP
September 3, 2009, 03:09 PM
The rim of the casing looks bent/chewed up. Does the MK 19 do that?

Mandolin
September 3, 2009, 05:54 PM
Proablably not, but being in the garage will prabably do that to metal

PandaBearBG
September 3, 2009, 06:26 PM
I agree with 9mm+ if you find that grenade launcher send it to me and I'lll look it over, if its in bad shape, I'll "dispose" of it for you. No charge! :)

Tim the student
September 3, 2009, 07:32 PM
The rim of the casing looks bent/chewed up. Does the MK 19 do that?

Not like that, that I have seen. Usually they look fine.

Quilbilly
September 4, 2009, 06:22 PM
Awesome. Thanks for your help. What I have found on the net says the MK19 first saw service in 1967 in Vietnam so I have no idea where it came from. I do have an uncle that went to Vietnam but he is from the other side of the family. I will have to give him a call.

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