45 cal ww2 submarine gun


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Catpop
June 18, 2014, 03:18 PM
I was reading a book the other night that mentioned a sawed off 45 Cal. "gun that won the west" being used on ww2 subs to launch a steel rod attached to a nylon messenger in surface communication between subs.
I first thought win 1873, but then did not think the government had 1873, much less in 45 Cal.. So I then though it might have been the 45-70 1873 trapdoor.
Anyone familiar with this gun? Thanks catpop

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Arizona_Mike
June 18, 2014, 03:25 PM
A very similar concept to a line launcher.

There is a modern line launcher based on a .45-70:http://www.navalcompany.com/navalproducts.htm which demonstrates that the concept is workable.

Mike

Sunray
June 18, 2014, 03:34 PM
It isa line thrower. The RCN and RN used No. 1 Mk III Lee-Enfields, among others. Governments hate throwing stuff out.

rcmodel
June 18, 2014, 04:43 PM
See this:

http://www.mcpheetersantiquemilitaria.com/06_ammunition/06_item_079.htm

http://www.lighthouselens.com/items/index.php?id=258

http://www.armslist.com/posts/1169308/bridgeport-connecticut-antiques-for-sale--world-war-two-era-naval-line-throwing-gun

Could have been a trap-door, or a break-open single shot like the above Winchester.

Every ship in the fleet had to have a line throwing gun, not just submarines.

They use M-14's now..


rc

Catpop
June 18, 2014, 09:25 PM
Thanks for the info. I tend to believe it was a trapdoor as it was the gun used in the old west and it was sawed off. But then I wasn't even born in 1943 so what do I know!

Ian
June 19, 2014, 08:24 AM
I was recently on the USS Alabama, and they had this line-throwing piece on display:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=199777&stc=1&d=1403180654

Arizona_Mike
June 19, 2014, 01:22 PM
Bringing an Abercrombie & Fitch harpoon gun in for service is on my bucket list. :evil:

Mike

Willie Sutton
June 19, 2014, 03:57 PM
^^ That would be a privately labelled Greener... ;)

Willie

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Curator
June 19, 2014, 04:40 PM
There were indeed trapdoor line throwing guns in .45-70 used in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Some were still in use as late as WWII. Check out this one at Cowan's auction site: www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=30159

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