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    My favourite shell. SZAKATS 19 X 114/R

    This is one of those shells that there is a reasonable amount of information on but which is very hard to find! There is a section in Chinn (some of which is summarised below) about it and several articles have been published in the ECRA journal.

    When the inter-Allied Control Commission inspected German armarment plants soon after the end of the first world war it found an experimental aircraft cannon called the Szakats which was a belt fed air cooled automatic cannon having a rate of fire of 450 rounds per minute.
    The weapon was invented by a Polish arms designer called Gabriel Szakats.

    The first model was produced in 1918 but was not used in combat. Four types of gun were produced (SZ-1, SZA-2,SZB and SZC). The SZ-1 and SZA-2 could both be water cooled. The SZB was much lighter and was air cooled only. The SZC was the final imporved model and its modified components were made out of bronze to reduce friction.

    The weapon could be mounted either flexibly or fixed in aircraft. When installed in the wings it was possible to synchronize it to fire through the propeller arc. When so installed an ammunition box holding 100 rounds was seated near it.

    The photographs show the headstamp and a complete round next to the base that came with it. Apparently all known specimens have exactly the same headstamp. The base that would have originally had 4 rounds on it is interesting in that it says "LAACC Armament Section Germany 1920-1921". You can imagine some very lucky person having a couple of these on their desk!!

    As to why its my favourite shell, dunno, its just so different!!

    All INERT of course.

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    I briefly had one of those before I traded it for something I wanted more...

    There's quite a bit about the Szakats in Musgrave's German Machine Guns.

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    Yes I remember Tony, they were all from the same set.
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    Could you please tell me the reason for the knurling {not sure if this is the correct name}around the base is it to assist feed?
    Regards Daryl

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    Hi, to quote a few lines from the December 2008 ECRA journal:

    "The time fuze system (for an air burst effect) was very complicated and setting the fuzes was done during the feeding process automatically by fixing the projectile and TWISTING the case. So the setting of the fuzes could be changed during firing, which was an important feature for the pilot of a fighter in air combat".

    I think the twisting was aided by the knurling on the base.

    The deeper cut out of the rim (at about 7 o clock in the photo) is where the round was mounted onto the wooden base where a screw went through, all the rounds I've seen have suffered this minor damage and its nothing to do with the original design.

    Hope this helps.

    Dave

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    Excellent pictures and write ups gents!

    Ive held a case only in my hand that is in a pals collection.
    Good to see a complete one. That is worth an awful lot of money im told?

    best

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    Hi Chaps,
    Ive been over to my pals house today and managed a few shots on the camera.
    Here is his nice Szakats case.

    cheers

    waff
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    Thanks Waff, nice case, they're almost looking common now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SG500 View Post
    Thanks Waff, nice case, they're almost looking common now!
    Dave.

    Hi Dave,
    Ive been looking all over the show for a case and proj for Mick.
    I have a bet on that i will find a full one!

    cheers

    waff

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    I see Micks has a bit out of the rim also, its been mounted on a base at sometime.
    Dave.

 

 
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