I have had an inquiry about a 7.9 Mauser round that was found in a box that I do not believe has anything to do with the cartridge.
The box labels says:
81m/m F.A Mle 1924-1927
(illegible) Bal. 11-32-SL
30 AVR 1935. (The “AVR” is badly stamped and may be something else).
Because this box could not possibly fit any 81mm cartridge, is it possible this designation is for mortar igniters, or some other form of igniter cartridge.
The cartridge found in the box is a German steel-cased S.m.E. with steel primer and blue seal, and with the three normal primer crimps, even though the headstamp, with is nothing more than the nueral “3” would indicate and experimental load. I think the features of the cartridge are way too late for any date on the box label.
Can our French and German friends do anything with this label/cartridge combination. Again, I don’t think the box actually pertains to this cartridge, but I just don’t know for sure. If it does, the “81m/m” must mean “8.1m/m” even though it does not say that.