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    British Army 5.56mm Blanks

    If the standard Blank 5.56mm blank cartridge in British Army use is the L1A2/3, and the grenade launching cartridge is the L1A1 Ballistite blank, does anyone know what this cartrigdge is for, SA No. 1179187 marked R13BK RG 01. Tony.
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    5.56 blanks

    The short answer is no, I do not know. I have also come across these recently and am trying to find out what they are. If I succeed I will post the answer.

    BTW, why do you think the L1A1 is a grenade blank? As far as I am aware L1 was allocated to the training blank and the L1A1 was simply the first version, followed by the L1A2 etc.

    I do not believe there is a grenade blank for the L85 as a live round is used with a bullet trap grenade. Can one of our grenade collectors confirm please?

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    the british l60a1 practice rifle grenade was fired with a 5.56 balistite blank but i dont know what markings are on the cartridge.
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    As a grenade collector of some 30 years i think I might be qualified to anwser that question myself, Yes I agree that L1, 2 etc are training blanks but as Paul said some of the most recent rifle launched grenades in British service were propelled by a ballistite cartridge. The most recent I know of being the L87A1 Inert practice rifle grenade, please see scan of components including cartridge grenade ballistite L1A1. hope this helps, regards, Tony.
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    FYI, I have recently found out the the R13BK blank cartridge is in fact a normal blank made at Radway Green for a South African contract. I have also found some info on the Ballistite cartridge, please see seperate post, Tony.
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    Ive a load of spent blanks in the garage that i got given.I can have a gander through them for info if you want?


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    Thanks for the offer Waff, but we were only trying to find some info on a particular blank for sale on SA, made by RG with an unusual number on it, I think we have cracked it now. Tony.
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    The Cart 5.56mm Blank R13Bk was also sold to Australia in the mid-late 1990's

 

 

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