Italian Infantry Brixia Mortar blank cartridge


#1

On page 80 of C. Yust’s “Cartridge Collector’s Notebook” thers is some information about the Italian Infantry mortar, and a diagram of its blank cartridge, which looks similar to a 5.45 Soviet blank. However there is no diagrams of headstamps or dimensions for the cartridge. Does anyone have any more info or can post photos of an actual cartridge?


#2

Falcon, The cartidge is generally referred to as the 8mm Brixia and is made from a reformed 6.5mm Carcano case shortened to a length of 41.5mm. It simply bears the headstamp of the cartridge from which it is formed. I can’t see the similarity between this and the 5.45mm blank but this cartridge is often mistaken for a 7.62 x 39mm blank.
Jim


#3

Thanks. I thought it looked like a 5.45 Soviet blank in the drawing, as the drawing has no dimensions. Interesting round, how easy are these to get hold of? Will I be able to get one at Bisley?


#4

Falcon,
this is the Brixia bomb and this cartridge. If you need one , i can send you one, fired and found with metaldetector

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#5

Thanks, what is the headstamp on your fired round? Were these made from reject Carcano cases? I would regard the Brixia as more of a grenade launcher than a Mortar. What was the effective blast radius of its shells?


#6

regioesercito.dns1.us/armi/mort_brixia.htm

headstamp of the case are TM B-40