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18 pdr


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please find herewith some pictures of an 18 pdr (should the projectile and the shell be one, or is that in 2 separate parts).


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You have a 18 pr shrapnel Mk XII with a fuze N80 Mk VII
All is good
Your shell can also be with a N85 fuze
Hi all

I found this datasheet about a QF 18Pdr mk VI, but I don't know if Quick Fire is very different than a normal 18 Pdr shell.


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very nice shell with some original paint on too
dont clean or polish it or i'll be round your house to sort you out!!

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18pr QF

Basically QF (quick firing) means the round has metal usually brass case, FA (fixed ammunition0 means the shell is fixed into the case and the gun is loaded in one go. All 18prs were QF FA. 2pr
Nice item

Hi Toolong I see you have the obligatory "split" driving band from the charge in the shell going off.
Splits aside that is a really nice condition item:biggrin:
Hi Toolong I see you have the obligatory "split" driving band from the charge in the shell going off.
Splits aside that is a really nice condition item:biggrin:

As above, but.... I do love the markings inside the fuze! shame they are hidden from view.
Hi Folks, Gun ammo tends to be of the QF (quick firing) type, ie having a cartridge case that contains the propellant and the means of igniting the propellant (normally a Primer), while Howitzer ammo tends to be of the BL (breech loading) type, ie not having a cartridge case, where the propelling charge is in a bag and for that reason there is a separate means of ignition, normally a Tube, that fits into the Howitzer's breech. It's all about rearward obturation, the term for gas sealing in the firing piece (Gun or Howitzer). It is quick and easy to eject a cartridge case after firing and insert a fresh one, while it may be slower to reload in respect of a Howitzer - think of burning debris in the barrel that is left over from the previous firing.
There were three types of QF ammo:

1. QF Fixed - where the cartridge case and projectile are permanatly attached to each other until the round is fired.

2. QF Semi-Fixed - where the base of the shell is inserted into the top of the cartridge case before insertion into the gun.

3. QF Separate - where the propelling charge - although in a cartridge case - and the shell are loaded separately into the gun.

I hope this helps.