Guess what it is


#1

We don’t usually have quiz threads but I think that this picture worth it. Can you guess what it is?


#2

Hi Fede,

It looks like a projectile from a duplex shot (early SALVO).

Paul


#3

The gun’s muzzle is somewhat reminiscent of a BAR without the sight hood and flash hider, but I could be wrong. It has been some years since I have seen one. Unlike Paul, I have no clue at all on the projectile, but then rifle stuff is not my forté.


#4

a two or more piece projectile with a diagonal ‘slit’ it can only be a “danged if I know”


#5

Second vote for early long-neck SALVO duplex. IIRC, they used modified BARs for at least one of those tests.


#6

Paul and John, good eye! You nailed the identification of the projectiles and gun. This is a .30 cal. duplex cartridge fired from a modified BAR rifle to prove the feasibility of nested bullets. This is “Round no. 2”, while “Round no. 5” showed a complete separation of the projectiles 10" from the muzzle.

Thank you all for your interest.


#7

The book “SPIW” has a photograph of the two bullets from round #5.

While the SALVO trials concluded that the multiple bullet cartridges could work, they stopped far short of endorsing the concept as having a lot of military value. I would have thought it would have ended there, but danged if the idea was not resurrected with the 7.62mm FAT314 Duplex cartridge and the short-lived M198. If nothing else, our military R&D types are persistent.

Ray