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#1

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I’m guessing the only other one that knows is the fine fellow from whence it came. Not sure what the prize will be for a correct answer. Maybe a trade. I’m betting there aren’t many of these floating around in collections.

Clue #1: It is a military item.


#2

It somewhen contained (hope does not still do) a low explosive which likely was black powder, propellant or a pyrotechnic compound (the latter is unlikely in this case).

Are any markings visible? Could be a part of an explosive mine clearing system but that is just a guess.


#3

It looks like some sort of heavy-duty trip flare or “bounding” land mine (bouncing Betty) to me; have you got any dimensions on it?


#4

Not a land mine, but certainly associated with them.

Clue #du: It’s upside down.


#5

Dimensions: About 14" long(tall)
Barrel about 3" dia.
“Base” about 4.5" dia X 1" thick


#6

Rick, is it part of a ejection seat?

Jason


#7

No. Not airplane related. But it DOES fly. Sorta.


#8

Is it used to propel some type ground based based ordnance up into the air?


#9

yes


#10

I know you used to work on missiles. Is it missile related?


#11

negative


#12

Is it intended to provide thrust.


#13

Note three holes in the “base”. They are duplicated on the other side. Also note the burn marks up the side of the barrel. It is a rocket motor.


#14

Another view

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#15

Slick Rick,

I reckon that it is a mine clearance rocket, designed to drag an explosive “snake” across a minefield.

gravelbelly


#16

So is it is a rocket motor for a ground to air target or is it something like a anti mine fired rocket that launches a explosive cord a distance to clear large pathways of mines?


#17

And another

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Maybe a google will prove defining.


#18

Think APOBS


#19

Cool! I just checked out Google and found this info fairly quickly for a very similar MOD1 version.

The MK 126 Mod 0 rocket motor is a propulsion subsystem of the EX 7 Mod 1, Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS). This rocket motor has a principal diameter of 2.75 inches, and is 16.5 inches long, and weighs nearly 9 pounds. This rocket motor contains 1.5 pounds of N-5 propellant.


#20

Neat, huh? Would love to punch the button on one of these.

And FYI, EOD got it right off. I didn’t think anybody would know.