Whats this, any weapon spotters in ?

#8
Its used to fire a small HE round to clear possible avalanche risks, hence it being at a Ski resort
 
#9
Looks v. much like a gun used to trigger avalanches before they go critical at unwanted times :cry: - and, in the fall-back mode, for hurling thermos canisters of gluhwein up onto the higher slopes for the thirsty and adventurous. :lol:

I'd guess it was made about 1890-ish
 
#10
armchair_jihad said:
Its used to fire a small HE round to clear possible avalanche risks, hence it being at a Ski resort
I think not, since it seems to be situated at a war memorial. The Italian front was very active in WW1, and there are war memorials over the whole area.

Try searching this site:

http://www.worldwar1.com/itafront/index.htm
 
#13
Not seen one of these before!

We can ignore the strapwork as this is just to hold it to the rock.

Large F*off clamping handle to RHS and flange so it's unlikely to be a field/infantry weapon such a mortar or kreigspistolle. Reminds me of the 1.5" very pistol.. Cant throw much as the breech does not look that strong?

What's confusing me is the pipe fitting on the left hand side of the breech...
WTF is that for? It looks like it is draining rain from the barrel - so it may be a later additon - but why not just drill a hole?

My guess it is either an AFV mounted discharger as Old_bloke says or it could be a fortress mounting for covering a door or a tunnel entrance?

On the other hand the pipe fittings look Naval to me...

F*ck knows...
 
#15
Perhaps the vent fitting was fitted later to discharge the pressure from the weapon when fired reducing the range?
 
#18
Things like this annoy me, they really do! I just tried to post this on "forum-militaria", the (sort of) Wop equivalent to ARRSE. However, I got the message: "Spiacenti ma il forum al momento non e disponible, prova piu tardi". Which means the site's down at the moment and to try again later.

I reckon that's gonna be our best bet, because them boyos really know their onions and if anybody can identify this piece of kit, it'll be them. I'll give it another cabby later on.

MsG
 
#19
Thanks for all the responses. It does look remarkabley similar to the churchill smoke discharger.

The weapon is located in Sauze d'Oulx west of Torino.

Thanks Bugsy for trying another board.
 

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