20mm Breda H/S ID

Posted this on BOCN but no responses.

Can anyone provide details of this headstamp?.
The case is 20 x 138B Breda, Italian(SMI) .

Are the numbers the date (1940?) and what/who is PG?.

Thanks in advance.
thumbnail_20mm Headstamp

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1/940 is 1940, the 1 is either a Lot number/ month number/ quarter no.???
PG may be the Italian Artillery Service Inspector’s Initials…surname first, .
Unlike SAA, Non-govt manufacture of larger calibres carried an Inspectors Mark ( 20mm and over)

Contact Giovanni Defrancisi for more Info.
Doc AV

Thanks

And not to nitpick but it still is a 20x138B Rheinmetall. Then which was fired from the Italian gun made by the Breda works under Rheinmetall licence.

So gun and cartridge are Rheinmetall.

Haha, i knew someone would point that out .
I called it Breda to give it context…was tempted to call it Solothurn just for fun…;)

The Italians also used the 20x138B for Antitank Solothurn
S18-1000. Wheeled AT, semi Auto,
Side box magazine: handles/ trails to move around on battlefield.
Used mostly in North Africa.
Doc AV


Nifty little guy (“L3 controcarro”)!

Ole

Hi
SMI is the headstamp of the “Società Metallurgica Italiana”
1 is the production semester
940 defines the production year 1940
PG are the initials of the production controller
20 specifies the caliber, 20 millimeters for the Italians “Breda”

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Giovanni,

Thanks, exactly the info I was after.

Bob