A friend has a 1943 dated 3in 50 Cal case which has been trimmed to 9 5/16" (236mm) length so that it now resembles a short straight case.
The headstamp is:
(Curved, above primer): LOT NO 293 S.M.C.
(Straight, above primer): 9 - 1943
(Straight, below primer): 3inMK7-MOD.1 [over] 50 CAL
(Curved, above primer): NOT TO BE REFORMED
It also has the ink stampings:
SPDN T.S 43 3433
My friend was going to put this case into a load of scrap metal as he thought someone had cut it down. However, I had a look at it, and the trimming has been done very well. It has been lathe trimmed and had the edges of the case walls cut into small radii to remove the sharp edges.
Whoever cut it down made a very good job of it. This makes me think it may have been done in service for a reason. Were there ever any short cased blanks used for the 3" 50 Cal? The other thought i had was that it was cut so that it could be easily smuggled off a ship as a souvenir. I’m sure either Ray or Rick has mentioned before about having fired cases trimmed to ash tray length for souvenirs.
Does anyone have any ideas? It seems to well done and has too nice of a headstamp to go to be melted down for scrap.
Thanks for any info.