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Help identify a desert find?

by Bob Burd » Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:21 am

I came across this object in the Dead Mtns along the Colorado River recently and was somewhat taken aback. At first it looked like old mining equipment, a pipe perhaps when it was half-buried. I nudged it out with my foot and it suddenly looked like an unexploded ordnance. After more thought, I'm not so sure, but I'm rather curious. Anyone know more about this than my half-ass guess?
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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Bubba Suess » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:01 am

Bob, that looks like an old 75mm round or something like that. That is a fun find!

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by boyblue » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:36 am

Google "70mm artillery shell" and "images".

Yikes!

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by ExcitableBoy » Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:33 pm

Take only photographs. Leave only unexploded ordinance.

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Tonka » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:23 pm

They weren't practicing the leave no tracer rounds principles, that's for sure.

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Scott » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:43 pm

They weren't practicing the leave no tracer rounds principles, that's for sure.


Having been in the military, I can assure you that the military cares nothing about LNT. :wink:

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by surgent » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:44 pm

I am impressed. Did you contact the Yuma MCAS or Barry Goldwater people to let them know of this?

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Bob Burd » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:49 pm

Further research shows the area was used in 1942-43 for desert warfare training to prepare troops for North Africa.
http://www.cpeo.org/lists/military/2004/msg00167.html
Nice name for a mountain range, btw.

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by surgent » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:40 pm

My bad. I assumed it was farther south.

I have yet to come across ordnance as good as shape as you found, but I have had the interesting experience of climbing a peak out that way with distant "booms" every few seconds coming from live-fire exercises.

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by lcarreau » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:44 am

Looks like it could be connected to radical terrorism, but not sure.
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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Yury » Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:29 pm

Is it a training dummy shell or a real one?

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Bob Burd » Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:06 pm

Yury wrote:Is it a training dummy shell or a real one?


Dunno. Not like I was going to pick the thing up and shake it or anything.

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Bubba Suess » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:43 pm

Bob Burd wrote:
Yury wrote:Is it a training dummy shell or a real one?


Dunno. Not like I was going to pick the thing up and shake it or anything.


Why not? What could go wrong?

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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by Bob Burd » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:45 am

Here's a couple more I couldn't identify. Anybody recognize these from their personal doomsday arsenal?
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Re: Help identify a desert find?

by WyomingSummits » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:40 am

That bottom one looks like the first JetBoil prototype. ;)

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