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    Odd 9mm

    Does anyone know what this is from, 9mm diameter, jacketed front, lead rear with tracer
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    Projectile from a 9 x 51 SMAW Spotter Cartridge, for the 9mm spotting rifle (develop by Enfield) employed with the Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon, 83mm (SMAW).

    The spotting cartridge consists of a 7.62x51mm NATO case with the neck resized to 9mm. The base of the case is milled out to accept a cut down .22 Winchester Hornet blank cartridge case. The design provides a high-low pressure system which results in consistent muzzle velocity when fired and mimics the trajectory of the 83mm projectile.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoulde...Assault_Weapon

    Cartridge variations: http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9312

    Brian
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    I would like to point out that on some of the id's on these links are wrong....the 9mm red tipped versions are only tracer rounds,the orange tipped ones mentioned in the IAA are US versions as their colour code for tracer over there is orange.....the spotting round is coloured with a yellow over red tip and has a tracer element as well as a impact device which gives off a flash and small amount of smoke on impact,the 'true' spotting round can also be identified by the 5 small dimples on the projectile just above the 'lead drive band' (the tracer version does not have these).....the one in the original post is a spotting round as the 'dimples' can be seen.

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    Anyone have an example of the earlier 7.62x51 version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyc View Post
    Anyone have an example of the earlier 7.62x51 version?
    That is one very near the top of my 'want' list!

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    Here you go:


    7,62 LAW Spotter.jpg

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    The head of the 7,62 round shown above:


    DSCF3718.jpg

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    There was also a chromed variant for the LAW 80 (I understand this was the top one in the magazine). I have a fired case with the headstamp RG 87. I'll post a couple of photos when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John P View Post
    There was also a chromed variant for the LAW 80 (I understand this was the top one in the magazine). I have a fired case with the headstamp RG 87. I'll post a couple of photos when I can.
    As the first round had to sit in the spotting rifle chamber for an indeterminate period of time before use it was chromed to stop corrosion and ensure the case extracted when fired.

 

 
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