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Old 06-12-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Here's what I did today.

Random? Yes. Cool? Yes!


My boss, a retired F-105 and F-4 fighter pilot, gave me 12 spent casings and bullets. They are 20mm,and they were shot from his and fellow pilots aircraft. Year and time when they were shot? Have no idea. I put some on a lathe and went to work. some pictures show before and after. Some show size comparison.

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Those are sweet! And from such cool looking planes that had tons of character.

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He shot these from a plane 3000 feet up and traveling 600MPHs and somehow recovered the casings. Not to mention the bullets are virtually in mint condition.

I think you misunderstood your boss's story but nice refinishing job
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He shot these from a plane 3000 feet up and traveling 600MPHs and somehow recovered the casings. Not to mention the bullets are virtually in mint condition.

I think you misunderstood your boss's story but nice refinishing job
the casings stay in the cockpit
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He shot these from a plane 3000 feet up and traveling 600MPHs and somehow recovered the casings. Not to mention the bullets are virtually in mint condition.

I think you misunderstood your boss's story



You think they shot these willy nilly somewhere in the backwoods?


Negative ghostrider, a range in Nevada, some pilots were chosen to be Range boss for the day and would coordinate times and positions of there targets.

once finished you could go pick casing up all day. Bullets on the other hand, not so much, the targets they shot at were made out of parachute materiel stacked together. Alot of them went back to testing facilities to see what would happen..blah blah.. and some went into the pockets of the range boss.....
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Negative ghostrider, a range in Nevada, some pilots were chosen to be Range boss for the day and would coordinate times and positions of there targets.

once finished you could go pick casing up all day. Bullets on the other hand, not so much, the targets they shot at were made out of parachute materiel stacked together. Alot of them went back to testing facilities to see what would happen..blah blah.. and some went into the pockets of the range boss.....
Yea, probably walk on more casings than dirt at a test area. You're saying these bullets were recovered though after firing? They look perfect?

EITHER WAY..

Awesome refinishing job man. I'd love to have a couple
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Yea, probably walk on more casings than dirt at a test area. You're saying these bullets were recovered though after firing? They look perfect?

EITHER WAY..

Awesome refinishing job man. I'd love to have a couple


IT doesn't seem possible right? I find it hard to believe. Being perfect though, shape wise yes. But a LOT of filing had to be done to git rid of ridges, scratches, i will take better pictures of the bullets themselves, seems shot to me though


These are pretty cool, i would like one as well. They are for his fellow pilots.

I might be getting a casing, but not a complete one

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Good stuff. I have quite a few 30mm (A10) and 40mm/105mm (gunship). I would polish the 30mm on down time. Pop the primers, put on a drill (wear a glove) and they shine nicely. They make good shot glasses also.
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Those look great, nice work!
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Yea, probably walk on more casings than dirt at a test area. You're saying these bullets were recovered though after firing? They look perfect?

EITHER WAY..

Awesome refinishing job man. I'd love to have a couple

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What 217Bimmer said. They have a loader specifically for 20MM.

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Good stuff. I have quite a few 30mm (A10) and 40mm/105mm (gunship). I would polish the 30mm on down time. Pop the primers, put on a drill (wear a glove) and they shine nicely. They make good shot glasses also.
That what i plan on doing if I get my hands on some more casings, apparently my boss has bags of them. Who knows who ever is nice to me may get one for christmas
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Those look great, nice work!
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What 217Bimmer said. They have a loader specifically for 20MM.

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The spent casings stay inside the aircraft?
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The spent casings stay inside the aircraft?


I personally am a crew chief on the F-15. And the casings stay inside what ammo calls the drum. F-105, and F-4 I'm not sure, most likely so Idk?
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