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    2" Mortar markings.

    Hello all,
    Can anyone help with info on the tail markings on this inert, (empty), 2" mortar? I also need a front cap for it, I'm guessing that it's either Smoke, Star, or illumination? If someone has a cap to spare I would like to buy one. The cap on my Para illumination one is too loose to fit, so I don't think it's one of those.
    Thanks in advance,
    Cheers,
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    Thumbs up 2 inch Mortar PI

    I can tell you with certainty that it is in fact a "Parachute Illumination" round due to the vent/flash holes in the angled alloy casting above the tail.

    If you have a cap with an embossed "P" on it then it is the correct one,

    The two vent/flash holes are covered with aluminium foil until firing, on firing the gas pressure in the mortar tube blows through the foil and ignites a slow burning pyrotechnic fuze composition which when burnt through ignites the expulsion charge and lights the flare.

    Somewhere there is a thread on 2 in Mor "PI" caps.

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    Signal, star shells have a shorter body to para ilum.

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    Thanks for the information chaps,
    I suspect that the reason my Para Cap with the embossed 'P' is a loose fit on this round may be because this one is an earlier type, ie; It has the alloy fins, rather than the later, (1967 dated), has the steel ones, or could it just be different manufacturers?
    Have you any idea as to the markings on the alloy fins?
    Very best regards,
    navyman.
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    mortars

    The alloy finned item is ww2 issue,the caps on ally fins have a much coarser threadform than the later types. As for the tin caps good luck navyman!If anyone has some i would pay a tenner each in Gc but no one has it seems!!

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    2" mortar caps...

    Just to let you know Tigbrand, i'm working on it and they should'nt cost you a tenner!
    Can't promise and it may take some time but they are not repro...
    I'll keep you posted.

    All the best

    T42

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    FD = Fry's Diecasting
    42 IIII = Date of Manufacture, 1942, educated guess; April

    S & W = I believe to be - Scoffin & Willmott Ltd., Barking.

    Regards

    TimG

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    [QUOTE=navyman;140448]Hello all,
    I also need a front cap for it, I'm guessing that it's either Smoke, Star, or illumination?QUOTE]

    Like this? If so PM me.

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by turpin42 View Post
    Just to let you know Tigbrand, i'm working on it and they should'nt cost you a tenner!
    Can't promise and it may take some time but they are not repro...
    I'll keep you posted.

    All the best

    T42
    I'd be interested if some were to turn up

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    I have a supply of WW2 bakelite caps.

    John

 

 
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