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    No.80 fuze plug?

    when I first picked this up I assumed it to be a solid, home made, dummy No.80 but when I turned it over, it was milled out in the same way as a service fuze - not the sort of thing you could easily do at home. I can only presume that this is an official No.80 plug representing fuze although it is not stamped 'dummy' as early fuzes were. Any thoughts?

    cheers, Dave
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    Same plugs are existing for german fuzes for usage on firing ranges. Usually these have an equal weigt to a service fuze.

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    thats interesting Alpini, this is the first such item I have come across in 60 years collecting!

    thanks, Dave

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    I also don't have seen a british one before.

    The german fuze plugs are not very rare. Our "fuze shaped" plugs were used mostly for ballistics tests, for expamle when they fired onto a target plate. Others where marked with "V" or "Vp" (Verpackung) - These were used as dummys by factories which made ammunition packages. For propellant and carriage tests flat plugs or solid flat head shells were used.

    Here's a german example (Z├╝nderersatzst├╝ck f. Dopp.Z.98):
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    thanks for that Alpini, interesting info. I suspect the one I have is uncommon but equally not of much interest to anyone!

    Dave

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    It could have been used on proof rounds from shrapnel lots where samples were fired and recovered
    and examined for flaws etc.(like the German ones also) I have the same kind of thing on a U.S. made Russian contract shrapnel.
    Dummy solid fuze in the correct Russian shape.
    My one Canadian shrapnel proof was likely fired with the regular shipping cap. A lot
    of what you found if not recycled and melted may have ended up on lamps after the fact,
    so perhaps not a common thing to find now a days. I find it very interesting indeed !
    One might consider use on a drill round, if any one has an example of one for an 18pr.

 

 

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