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Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:35 pm
by SuperRed
A question for our esteemed ordinance experts on here please: A green tip and next to an airfield... is this one for a trip to the local establishment or one for the black bin? Only a basic knowledge of ordinance, so in short, is it likely to leave me one digit short of a hand?

Thanks in advance.

Brad
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Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:06 pm
by MilitaryMetalMagnut
U.S issue.50 BMG, from WW2. There wasn’t a Green colour code with these, looks black to me, which will be Armour Piercing. Not at all dangerous as there’s no explosive, but it is illegal to keep.

I made a sticky thread a month ago on WW2 allied ammo colour codes, with .50 at the bottom of my first post;
viewtopic.php?f=61&t=106179
Might be worth a bookmark as you’ll undoubtedly find more where that one came from. ::g

Best regards,

Simon

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:24 pm
by SuperRed
MilitaryMetalMagnut wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:06 pm
U.S issue.50 BMG, from WW2. There wasn’t a Green colour code with these, looks black to me, which will be Armour Piercing. Not at all dangerous as there’s no explosive, but it is illegal to keep.

I made a sticky thread a month ago on WW2 allied ammo colour codes, with .50 at the bottom of my first post;
viewtopic.php?f=61&t=106179
Might be worth a bookmark as you’ll undoubtedly find more where that one came from. ::g

Best regards,

Simon
Thanks Simon. Definitely green/blue (I'm partially colourblind, but definitely not black). I have found stacks of .50 cal in this field (all spent) - probably from the aircraft returning to Duxford. First one of these.

Brad

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:35 pm
by sweepstick47
Always a good thing to ask if unsure Brad ::g Regards ss47

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:55 pm
by alloverover
SuperRed wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:24 pm
MilitaryMetalMagnut wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:06 pm
U.S issue.50 BMG, from WW2. There wasn’t a Green colour code with these, looks black to me, which will be Armour Piercing. Not at all dangerous as there’s no explosive, but it is illegal to keep.

I made a sticky thread a month ago on WW2 allied ammo colour codes, with .50 at the bottom of my first post;
viewtopic.php?f=61&t=106179
Might be worth a bookmark as you’ll undoubtedly find more where that one came from. ::g

Best regards,

Simon
Thanks Simon. Definitely green/blue (I'm partially colourblind, but definitely not black). I have found stacks of .50 cal in this field (all spent) - probably from the aircraft returning to Duxford. First one of these.

Brad
Green tips were supplied by the U S to Britain to help with the war, armour piercing, I know people who have found a lot of these at one of the satellite stations Brad ::g

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:03 pm
by SuperRed
alloverover wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:55 pm
SuperRed wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:24 pm
MilitaryMetalMagnut wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:06 pm
U.S issue.50 BMG, from WW2. There wasn’t a Green colour code with these, looks black to me, which will be Armour Piercing. Not at all dangerous as there’s no explosive, but it is illegal to keep.

I made a sticky thread a month ago on WW2 allied ammo colour codes, with .50 at the bottom of my first post;
viewtopic.php?f=61&t=106179
Might be worth a bookmark as you’ll undoubtedly find more where that one came from. ::g

Best regards,

Simon
Thanks Simon. Definitely green/blue (I'm partially colourblind, but definitely not black). I have found stacks of .50 cal in this field (all spent) - probably from the aircraft returning to Duxford. First one of these.

Brad
Green tips were supplied by the U S to Britain to help with the war, armour piercing, I know people who have found a lot of these at one of the satellite stations Brad ::g

Cheers Phil. Does that mean old Bill or old bin? ;)

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:26 pm
by alloverover
Up to you mate, I think by the letter of the law you arnt ment to have it .

There are a few old posts about them, I bought a couple when I was a little kid from some crash site diggers, here they are for interest :D ::g

https://forum.cartridgecollectors.org/t ... ract/10796

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=45121&hilit=green+tip

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=61860&hilit=green+tip

::g

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:30 pm
by SuperRed
Thanks matey! ::g

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:36 pm
by SuperRed
alloverover wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:26 pm
Up to you mate, I think by the letter of the law you arnt ment to have it .

There are a few old posts about them, I bought a couple when I was a little kid from some crash site diggers, here they are for interest :D ::g

https://forum.cartridgecollectors.org/t ... ract/10796

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=45121&hilit=green+tip

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=61860&hilit=green+tip

::g
And following you earlier thread I'll pop it in to Duxford ::g

Re: Ammo - danger or not please.

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:28 pm
by Wansdyke44
The photo in the initial post used flash, which doesn't help deduce its colour but it is probably black, AP.

Green tipped ammunition was used by the Americans in WW2, know it was issued late 44 early 45 having found them in situ in Germany.

W.