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    World's Largest Collection of Ammunition for US 37mm M3, M5 and M6 Cannons

    As I am currently under employed, I decided to inventory my 37mm collection today as it has reached its zenith. I was just talked into selling a few items, and I have not added much in the past ten years. Most of these items were accumulated in the 90’s. So, I thought it best to record my accomplishment before it starts getting any smaller. My goal when I started collecting US 37mm ammunition for the WWII tank and antitank guns in 1991 was to assemble the world's finest collection of these items. These were the only items I chose to collect until recently as I shoot with both my M3 and M6 37mm cannons. The silver projectiles on the right are reproduction leaded steel rounds crimped onto cases that are ready to be fired. I only included these to show the cases for the count. Only six projectiles retain their original paint and markings. Much of this is normally stored in the ammunition racks in my M8 armored car – holds 80 rounds.

    I count 175 cases (I am including the three I just sold). I thought I had over 200.
    4 X M13 Drill Rounds
    1 X ten guage blank adapter
    12 X M63 HE
    2 X M51 TP
    6 X M74 AP
    19 X M51 AP of various types
    5 X M58 base fuses for the M63 HE
    1 X M38 base fuse for the Mk II HE
    4 X Mk II HE
    2 X M2 Canister
    13 X Tootsie Rolls (M58 cardboard storage canisters)
    1 X Proof projectile

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    I noted details in this inventory that I did not notice before. There are six types of neck crimps on the cases. Only one case had the normal high crimp for the canister round. However, I found one more that could be for the canister - same location as the canister crimp but not as many indentations.
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    Two of the M63 HE projectiles have simplified driving bands and are labeled as "MOD1".
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    Last edited by M8owner; 18th June 2016 at 01:09 PM.

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    It is interesting to note that only one M13 drill round was labeled on the case bottom as an M13. The other three are marked as M16 cases.
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    Details of the labels on the tootsie rolls.
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    Yes, I do believe you've won the 37MM M3/M5/M6 Largest Collection award. Very, very impressive.

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    Very nice. They are only one of the 37mms I don't collect as they are made after 1920.

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    That's a very good way to keep burglars and possibly neighbours at bay...

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    I know of at least one neighbor (college professor liberal type) who will not come over to visit due to my collection. Another neighbor is kept at bay with my "patrols" along the fence line. He has made himself unwelcome. The other two are fine and bring their visiting families over to see the sites next door. Most properties out here are ten acres or more; folks don't go out into the country to be social, generally. I don't have enough room to shoot solid shot here, but I have worked up a nice canister load that I can fire on the property.

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