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    Australian Sectioned Depth Charge (M)

    I am re-posting this thread which appeared 21-8-16 by my friend Darkman to hopefully get new information.
    The pistol belongs with the depth charge as both have official tags with matching numbers.
    Marked: On Her Majesty's Service 643 N1V Depth Charge "M" .
    Pistol is tagged: 643 N1V Pistol Depth Charge Mark 13X.
    Stamped on the body is: DCM MO AN 0000. That is Maribyrnong Ordnance. ME is Maribyrnong Explosives Filling Factory.
    Pistol has settings for SAFE, 100 and 150.

    Dimensions: 280mm Diam. (285 at flared top). 360mm long. 90mm Pistol hole. Dated 6/11/43. Weight 18.5kg (41lb approx).

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    apfsds (11th June 2018), Big Dave (11th June 2018), doppz92 (11th June 2018), Ivashkin (11th June 2018), pzgr40 (11th June 2018), TimG (11th June 2018), Yodamaster (11th June 2018)

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    Excuse me for asking, but are you shure this is the right pistol for this depth charge?
    It seems strange to me that the detonator (picture 5 right side of the picture) stiks out into the water, and is not placed in the explosive charge. With pictures 2 and 3 it is removed from the pistol as not to damage it. A booster charge should be placed below the detonator, that is pushed over the detonator by increasing waterpressure as the depth charge sinks in the water. With this construction there is no room for that.
    I am aftraid that this fuze does not belong to thius depth charge which is -looking at the slotted holes- meant to be thown overboard manually when passing over the suspected position of a submarine.

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    I think you may be correct. The detonator does look a bit long and was bent. It came with the item I just assumed it was correct.
    I know little about depth charges and pistols. Comments are mainly about the small size.What charge suits this pistol?
    I want to learn anything about it and appreciate your comments. Thanks. Ron.

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    Further to the above reply. I see the tag is Her Majesty's and later than the 1943 period so was put together or tagged at some later date.
    As a question, how is the bottom of the pistol channel sealed? Item came from a military museum when sold to me. Mis-matched it seems.

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    Still no problem that they do not match. They sold you a very nice Depth charge pistol and a very nice depth charge, both good quality cutaway models. The DCP for this one has to be shorter to fit, so I would suppose the shorter Mk6.
    http://michaelhiske.de/Allierte/USA/...er02_04_01.htm

    Regards, DJH
    Last edited by pzgr40; 11th June 2018 at 09:37 AM.

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    here are some pictures from an original 1930s catalogue(this depth charge is dated 1931)
    your markings should be similar to these
    obviously restored by a museum for intrest/display
    if the tag is genuine(more than likely not)it would be HIS majestys for that period
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    It has lifing rings and no hand slots. I think the catalogue shows the Mk.7 depth charge.

    Regards, DJH
    Last edited by pzgr40; 11th June 2018 at 05:56 PM.

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    If I may ask.... what did you pay for both?

    Regards, DJH

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    A bit rude to ask a price but was around $550 in 2010 so was not cheap. I pay this price for any good grenade or mine now-a-days.
    You either buy when you see it from some collection or gun show or never see another. Then you regret it - too high or missed out.
    All militaria is now costly in Australia since it cannot be imported and makes the current values higher than I want to pay.
    Thanks Kiwieod for your information.

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    I paid 300pound for my MkXX Depth charge pistol in 2018 . With a rate of 1,75 AusD for 1 pound I paid 525 AusD for my pistol only. You got the depth charge -of a type I have never seen before and I think is quite rare- with it. So you made a very good deal, even although the pistol and the depth charge probably do not belong together.

    One of your fellow countrymen also offers one .....
    http://www.cmmilitaryantiques.com/gallery.php?arid=9412
    And he's a lot more expensive.

    Regards, DJH
    Last edited by pzgr40; 11th June 2018 at 12:59 PM.

 

 
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