French 37mm Projectile markings


#1

I have a (Presumably) French 37mm Mle. 1885 AP projectile. Between the driving bands it is marked “K 101”. What do these markings mean? Thanks in advance for any info.


#2

My 37mm is definitely French and it has “K 58” in the same place as yours. I guess mine was born before yours, and I am as clueless as you.


#3

Neither one of my HE 1885s has any markings on the projectile. Don’t have an AP to check.


#4

Are we talking about this type of rounds?


#5

Yea. Mine are like the 3 on the right. With fuzes. HE not AP. Noted on another post.


#6

As well, noted on the base of far right projectile is a mass or gob of the base metal of the projectile body. Both of mine have a conical, apparently drilled, depression in the approximate center of the gob. It almost looks like a sprue stub or something. Very corroded, but evident on both of my fired and unfired projectiles. Would think that would affect the trajectory and/or flight path to some extent. But maybe it’s small enough to be out of the airflow. Guess I’ll build a wind tunnel and see. Will update when complete;-)


#7

Slick Rick,

Tracer cavity? Im thinking.

Steve


#8

No. Check yours. They’re very hard. My first thought was tracer 'til I scratched around on it.


#9

I’ll ask about the K marking on the BOCN forum.


#10

Slick Rick,

Is this the area you are refering too?

Steve


#11

Yep.
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