What are the oldest munitions still kept in storage by the MoD?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by Speedy, May 15, 2012.

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  1. Maybe one for the ammo techs this one, but this question has just jumped into my head for some reason. What I want to know is, what is the oldest type of munition, from any of the 3 services (if known) that is currently held in stocks.
    Come to think of it, I wonder what the oldest piece of bulk issuable kit still held?
     
  2. Well we have a pair of binos here dates 1945, they were issued to us about 2 years ago.
     
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  3. Ah the old "my mess tin is older than your mess tin" debate
     
  4. I used beehive charges dated 1945 in 2008 so there is some pretty old stuff out there or at least there was then. Photo of them below.

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  5. trident
     
  6. Percy_Pigeon

    Percy_Pigeon War Hero Book Reviewer

    When I down sized the loan pool in 2006 there where great coats from 1936 – 1942 still in boxes with bake-o-light buttons by the thousands and crockery from the same era.
     
  7. Tempted.
     
  8. When I was at Kineton Central Ammuniton Depot in the 90's, we had Match Fuzee with a BKI date of 1943.
     
  9. I was going to say Barmine, but I reckon that Beehive charge trumps it considerably (if there are still stocks).

    It used to be the Bangalore Torpedoes, but I think that they've all been replaced now by the new model.
     
  10. I think Tropper still has some gun powder in his locker he used on the Tower of London when he and his mate Guy tried blowing it up after a weekend on the lash.
     
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  11. Don't the RN still use some old 19th century light cannon as saluting guns on their war canoes or did I imagine reading it?
     
  12. How did you make them go bang?
     
  13. Phil the greek, social handgrenade.......

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  14. Royal Navy Mk8 torpedo, entry into service 1925. God knows how old the one was that did for the Belgrano...
     
  15. Not exactly military stock, but I have some Lake City 7.62 date stamped 1960 and some 30-06 also date stamped 1960. That pales considerably when compared to a mate (a German) who has 1944 date stamped 30M1 ammo. All of which still goes bang reliably.

    Some time mid 90s during a clear out of a shed in Ayrshire Bks I came across a first aid kit from about 1942, there was even unissued 38 (?) pattern webbing. Unfortunately my crystal ball was not working or I would have saved it for fleabay.