Which version of 7.62x51 Blank is this?


#1

o/a Length: 63.56mm (2.5020in)
Crimp: 6-petal
Tip: Purple
Annulus: Purple
HS: LC 69

It’s definatly not an M64 Grenade Cartridge or the M82 Blank Cartridge.

Is this an earlier version of blank or some special purpose cartridge?


#2

It looks just like an M82A1 blank, but the date seems way too early. I was under the impression that the M82A1 was adopted in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. The non-NATO headstamp would be right for a blank, maybe this was an experimental?

AKMS


#3

I’ve never heard of the M82A1 cartridge, it’s not listed in the April 1994 version of TM 43-0001-27, or in that list a link was posted about ‘M’ designations.

Someone will have an official reference to this one somewhere


#4

Maybe formed from a .30-06 case? I don’t know if LC were still making it in 1969?

Regards
TonyE


#5

Theres an M82 Blank mentioned in the June 1981 version of TM 43-0001-27, but it does not have a “petal” crimp.
Simon


#6

My recollection of this cartridge goes back to my service days in the early 1990’s. On one particular training mission I was issued a can of 7.62x51mm belted blank ammunition for my M-60E3 machingun. When I opened the can, I was VERY surprised to see purple tipped, rose crimped blanks! I thought they were foreign manufacture at first, but they had a fairly recent date and the usual “LC” in the headstamp. I am quite certain that the outside can markings indicated M82A1, which in my mind explained the new crimping style of this ammunition. I also recall seeing this designation somewhere else along the way. Perhaps the “A1” has been dropped from the nomenclature by now, as I think happened to the M-855 and M-856 5.56 cartridges. I recall there being “A1” versions of these as well, but recent manufacture can markings do not seem to show this. Perhaps some one who is more knowledgeable than I can explain and clarify this.

AKMS


#7

BTT