OK, I just picked this up at a show this past weekend from a friend. Didn’t know what it was, but it looked interesting, and I figured for $10 I couldn’t go wrong.
I figured it was Italian from the Roma stamp on the driving band…I figured out after some measurements and research it is a 25.4x87 Revlli-FIAT cartridge, but the projectile is weird.
A few things to ponder…It is a three piece projectile, the top fuze portion, then a small intermediate “plate”, then the main body. You can see the three perfectly equidistant, and perfectly angled holes in the projectile…they angle inwards towards the cavity. These are so perfectly matching and drilled, they had to be done in some sort of jig, so I don;t think they are any kind of demil holes. Also notice that in between each of them ther is another small punch or hole (but they are blind…maybe where the tips of an assembly tool went to tighten the projectile down?) and there is a corresponding, and perfectly lined up holes in the main body.
Also, notice there is some sort of s/n stamped in the fuze section and the main body…the numbers match, but are difficult to read…V847 or V917 perhaps? And there is a vertical punch mark that lines up all three sections. Notice when the projectile is assembled, there is a gap between each section (if you screw the sections tight, nothing lines up) and both gaps appear to be the same size…did some sort of spacer washer go between the sections?
What kind of projectile is this, anyone know? Not much info out there on the 25mm Revelli, at least not on the web…
Also, any information on if these rounds were painted in service, or were they just bare metal…I will eventually clean the rust off, and would like to restore it as much as possible…so if it was painted guidance would be appreciated.