My Father was a WWII veteran of the US Navy where he served aboard destroyers.
He has passed away recently and while going through his things, I found a box that I have never seen before. Inside were two shell casings and two shells. I will admit that I know next to nothing about ammunition. My main concerns are safety and legality and of course what exactly I have.
I have poked around some on the internet and a number of the postings etc. point to a resource on a web hosting company that is out of business. From what I’ve learned they are 20MM Anti-Aircraft rounds.
The casings have no gunpowder in them and I assume are perfectly safe and legal to own.
The are marked MK2. 20MM B.C. 1943 and they have symbol of some sort stamped on them but I can’t make it out. They look like this:
The shells have the same markings, although a different date. They are marked
MK3 54F 11/42 MAT & MK3 54F 11/43 MAT One is painted a dark green
and the other appears to be unpainted.
I would have put more pictures links up but it seems I am limited as a newbie, I have been keeping the shells wrapped in anti-static bags and stabilized in a sturdy metal box, in a metal cabinet away from the house.
Any advice? Thanks in advance.