US 75 mm M16 drill shells

This image is from Craigslist. The seller says there is no headstamp at all. What is it?
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OK, I’ll stick my neck out and make a guess that these are Commonwealth made 2 Pdr Qf drill rounds.

Brian

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75mm Field gun I would say.

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These are US 75 mm M16 drill cartridges with bronze body and M59 dummy fuze. Usually marked for M1897, M1916 & M1917 guns, but also used in M3, M6 and M17 tank guns.

Regards,

Fede

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Are these common? Sorry, I am not an artillery guy.

As Fede said, the headstamp “Drill Cartridge M16 75mm gun M1897. M1916 & M1917, U.M.C. 1944 C.J.I.” The fuse is stamped as follows “Delay S.Q. Fuze Dummy M59”. What is C.J.I.? Did they increase the wall weight of cartridge to simulate the weight of gun powder?


Hi Vlad, overall weight match the M48 HE load with normal charge. “C.J.I.” is the inspector, but I don’t know who he is. The manufacturer of this “U.M.C.” is Uff Machine Company, Upland, PA (still in existence: gundrillers.com).

Regards,

Fede

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