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Posted: 10/25/2003 4:00:17 PM EDT
A M203 mauncher from the Vietnam era. I think it is a 37mm flare launcher though. what markings on it tells me it is what it is? Most of the markings are worn down or nearly hard to see.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:15:56 PM EDT
If it is a 203 "mauncher" then its cool,,,If its a real 203 Launcher then that's BAD juju as that is a DD according to ours friends at the BATF....Lets hope its a 37mm Sorry I cant help you with the markings...........UNDERDOG
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:21:24 PM EDT
cant you just measure the bore and see if it is 37mm or 40mm also the real m203s have rifling dont they and the 37mm pseudom203s dont
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:21:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2003 4:28:12 PM EDT by glockdog]
Well your probably right about it being a 37mm. If it isn't you might want to ummmm well lets just say the last thing you want to do is wipe it down and find a big bridge with deep water and drop it over the side. They used the M79 during Vietnam and M203's that were used looked very strange. All the M203's I've see say it on the side but if yours has ummmmm faded you may have a hard time finding out exactly what it is. 1st I would quit telling people you might have a M203. 2nd get a metric ruler and measure the bore. 3rd do a search on the net for both M203 and 37mm and see if you can find some markings that match up one way or another. Good luck Edit: Vietnam era M203 is XM148 http://www.autoweapons.com/photosv/xm148.html Glockdog Airborne!!
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:38:41 PM EDT
I meassurd it its close to 37mm I just got a side photo of a 37mm flaregun and its exactly like that. but to completely be void of this item I have given it back. Its cool and all but it raises eyebrows even though it isnt a 203. Nice thought he had though giving it to me.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:40:33 PM EDT
Did they make 37mm launchers back then? I am familiar wih 40mm grenade launchers, IM me with the markings, I might be able to help.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:41:01 PM EDT
no rifling. on it. I can make out flare I think on the side. Like I said im giving it back. I really didnt even think about it being a big deal but someone hwo saw it said it was a 203. I think because it looked like something in a comics he assumed.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 4:41:34 PM EDT
if it's a 37mm than keep it. i would. you can buy those through the mail without any fed bs regulations. 40mm is NFA though. keep it!
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 5:31:15 PM EDT
If its not rifled its 37mm 40 mm has rifling because it needs to be accurate for the ammo used and the only rounds for 37 I beleive are flares,teargas,signal dont need rifling for those they just get lobbed so keep it.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 6:23:33 PM EDT
If I am correct .. The rifling also arm's the round .. its has kinda like a clock spring inside .. it has to spin to arm
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 6:42:19 PM EDT
Well looking inside it. It looks like it has never been fired. Im not seeing any powder or anythingi inside it except dust. It wa sitting in a GI locker that had relics from vietnam and panama. maybe even desert storm as their are some bdu's in desert storm light tan color.
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 7:14:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CAR97M4: Well looking inside it. It looks like it has never been fired. Im not seeing any powder or anythingi inside it except dust. It wa sitting in a GI locker that had relics from vietnam and panama. maybe even desert storm as their are some bdu's in desert storm light tan color.
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And once agian we swing back to the '203 theory.....
Link Posted: 10/25/2003 8:50:43 PM EDT
If you don't want it I'll take it. I'll pay the shipping. If it is 40mm I can always torch cut it. I don't think it is though.
Link Posted: 10/26/2003 9:34:02 AM EDT
Its a flare launcher. Its pretty cool to. sure looks like a A203. I had two people who are collectors look at it. its 37mm not rifled and its construction is newer. Its never been used. bunchy of spider nests in the barrel
Link Posted: 10/26/2003 11:52:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/29/2003 4:35:37 AM EDT by Tweak]
Originally Posted By WFO: it has to spin to arm
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Spin and [b]setback[/b], that way you can't just roll it across the floor to arm it. [:D] The inertia of launching the round causes the fuze to collapse slightly and then the fuze starts counting rotations. Made my own airburst rounds of limited utility once. Took a couple of HEDP rounds and dented the nose cones slightly. That way once the round was armed it would detonate. Worked good as long as the target was at the edge (and that varies a little) of arming range. Ah, the exuberance of youth. [grammah]
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