Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cordite: The British Propellant of two World Wars

The following pictures are from a 303 British rifle round of ammunition. I have to say the pleasure of shooting cordite ammunition during our ANZAC Day Rifle Match was a great experience. The sound, the smell, and the clean up are all unique to cordite ammunition. I was surprised by the  mild recoil and consistency of the ammunition. Cordite was used in everything from rifle ammunition to cannon shells. It was last used in small arms ammunition in the early 1970s. I sure plenty of cordite ammunition was used in the Indo-Pakistani Wars of the 1960s and the 1970s. It's interesting that some is still around today.
   A surplus .303 British round with a 174 gr bullet and cordite powder

No comments:

Post a Comment