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1942 dated 30-06 Cartridge Case Headstamp Frankford Armoury

1942 dated 30-06 Cartridge Case Headstamp Frankford Armoury

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A 1942 dated .30-06 cartridge case headstamped "Frankford Arsenal" holds historical significance, especially considering the context of its production during World War II. Here's a description of such a cartridge case:

  1. Headstamp: The headstamp refers to the markings stamped onto the base of the cartridge case. In the case of the described cartridge case, it would feature the words "FRANKFORD ARSENAL" encircling the primer pocket. The headstamp may also include additional information such as the year of manufacture ("42" for 1942) and possibly other production codes or lot numbers.

  2. Manufacturer: The "Frankford Arsenal" designation indicates that the cartridge case was produced at the Frankford Arsenal, a historic U.S. Army ammunition plant located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During World War II, the Frankford Arsenal played a crucial role in supplying vast quantities of small arms ammunition for the U.S. military and its allies.

  3. Date: The "42" on the headstamp signifies the year of manufacture, which in this case is 1942. This date is significant as it places the production of the cartridge case within the context of World War II, a period of intense mobilization and conflict for the United States.

  4. .30-06 Cartridge: The .30-06 cartridge, also known as the .30-06 Springfield, is a rifle cartridge with a long and storied history. It was adopted by the United States military in 1906 and served as the standard-issue cartridge for U.S. military rifles, including the M1903 Springfield and the M1 Garand. The cartridge's designation comes from its caliber (.30 inches) and the year of its adoption (1906).

  5. Military Use: During World War II, the .30-06 cartridge was widely used by U.S. military forces in various theaters of operation. It was used in rifles, light machine guns, and other firearms, proving to be a versatile and effective cartridge for infantry and support units.

  6. Historical Significance: Cartridge cases with headstamps indicating production at the Frankford Arsenal during World War II are of particular historical interest due to their association with the war effort. They represent the industrial capacity and logistical challenges faced by the United States in supplying its armed forces during a time of global conflict.