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Deactivated Weapons and ordinance

All the items on this page cannot be purchased via papal as its breaches their policy. All these pieces are legal in the UK. If you want to purchase any of these items please contact me and I will arrange an alternative payment method for you.

Please note all de activated weapons are now subject  to new EU regulations de activated weapons sold on this website may need new de activation certificates before a sale can be confirmed. If you wish to purchase a de activated weapon please contact me before completing the shopping cart.

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Browning .303 BSA Spitfire/Hurricane Machine gun (Deactivated and ordnance pg1)

The .303 shown here was manufactured by BSA it appears to be dated 1940 so most likely could of been used in the Battle of Britain.

This gun is not A1 , at some stage it was painted and does not retain its original finish, in addition the booster is not original but is a good quality reproduction in steel and has the correct thread to take a flash eliminator. It is deactivated to UK standard.

This gun is physically in good condition it is not bent or damaged it is 100% original other than the booster and was originally fitted to a fighter.

This is the classic .303 calibre aircraft Machine gun the most prolific weapon used by the RAF through out the war.

 The historical and tactical importance of this weapon cannot be underestimated.

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 In fact during the Battle of Britain although the Spitfire was slightly more manageable than the 109 E the performance of the German fighters was in fact overall slightly better than the British fighters.

The most significant factor and advantage the RAF had was this gun. The German 109's were armed with a 20mm cannon and two 7.62 MG's the Spitfire and Hurricanes had eight .303,s. Although much has be made of the fact the Germans had a single 20mm cannon, all 20mm cannons were not created equal and the short  Oerlikon was in effect no more effective than the rifle calibre gun.

 During the Battle of Britain German bombers and fighters were much more lightly armed than later in the war and so the Spitfire and Hurricane had effectively twice the fire power of its rival the 109.

The British also had superior incendiary ammunition and most importantly fuel tanks and the Pilot were protected by armour which was resistant to both the .762 and short 20mm cannon.

The combination of fire power better ammunition and amour gave the RAF fighters a significant advantage.  Although many other factors were in play the RAF shot down 1733 German aircraft for a loss of 915. The addition of eight .303's in the design of British fighters effectively change the outcome of the war.

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The MK V Spitfire entered service in 1941 and was not superseded until 1943 by the MK IX. The Hurricane MK II A entered service in 1941 so this gun would almost certainly be fitted to one of these aircraft.


Above left the MK VA Spitfire right above  the Hurricane MK II A.

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Seen above and below this is the Hydraulic interrupter gear to allow the gun to fire through the prop.

Above you can just make out the Portugal crest. 

Browning FN Model 1932 (Deactivated and ordnance pg1)

 Seen fitted above left in situ in a Hawker Hind the FN MG with Hydraulic interrupter gear fixed gun aircraft  version. Above right the Gloster Gladiator MK II. You can clearly see the same design for mounting the guns on the Gladiator.

This is a Belgium made Browning FN Model 1932 fully deactivated to UK standards it is complete and in good original condition.

This is a very rare peace with few surviving examples. This model is fitted with Hydraulic interrupter gear allowing it to fire through the arc of the propeller from the cowling.

The FN guns were reproduced in several type's, two basic models for the turret or flexible firing guns and the fixed type capot meaning hood or fuselage.

The fixed model being fired by the Pilot. These came in two types either with mechanical or hydraulic interrupter gear this gun is the hydraulic type.

The gun for sale the 1932 model was produced in 1938 for Portugal.

In 1938 Portugal started using the Gloster Gladiator MK II so its most likely this gun was fitted to their Gladiators.

In 1938 Portugal purchased 65 "Pilot Guns" Guns , They also purchased 30 MK II Gladiators . This would work out as two guns per aircraft with five spares.

They also purchased 115 Wing Guns in 1938 but these would not require interrupter gear.

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Wartime dated .303 shell cases(pg1 Arm)

Finally we have now managed to source some .303 wartime dated shell cases. These have been difficult to find as its now a disused calibre. We have dates from 1940 and if you want a specific date please ask otherwise we will send a selection as they come to hand. They will arrive in their original used condition and have not been cleaned. All cases are fired and inert. 

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British 2 inch mortar parachute flare  (pg1 SAS)

Here is an inert fired wartime parachute flare in nice original condition.

Shown above British troops with a 2" Mortar


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Japanese 81mm Type 100 Mortar (pg1 SAS)

Here is a 80mm Mortar from my research it appears to be a Japanese 81mm mortar. Shown under the Japanese 81mm Mortar the fins and body appear identical to the one i have shown left.


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British 2Lb Shell casing dated 1940 (pg1 SAS)

Shown above a 2Lb anti tank gun.


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Battle of the Somme French shrapnel shell (pg3 arm)

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This shell was recovered from the Somme battle field , its a French shrapnel shell. The top of the shell has broken off but it still sits exactly in place for display.

Measures 64 cm long.


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Original 50 cal links (pg3 arm)

Here we have new old stock 50 calibre links in their original box.10 links in each box. If you require more than one box postage will be combined.

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40mm Cannon Shell  (pg1 SAS)

Here we have a 40mm Cannon Shell

This is Dated 1942

The 40mm Cannon was used in Different Applications During the War

The Bofors 40 mm gun, often referred to simply as the Bofors gun is an anti-aircraft/multi-purpose auto cannon designed in the 1930s by the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors. It was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft systems during World War II, used by most of the western Allies as well as by the Axis powers.

The Vickers Class "S" 40 mm (1.57 in) gun was developed in the late 1930s as an aircraft weapon. The ammunition was based on the 40x158R cartridge case of the naval 2 pdr Anti-aircraft gun (the "Pom-pom"). The weapon was a long-recoil design derived from the 37 mm 1½pdr "COW gun" from Coventry Ordnance Works. The gun was originally intended as a bomber defensive weapon and was tested as such in a turret fitted to a modified Vickers Wellington II. This was not adopted for service, but when the need to attack tanks from the air was identified, the "S" gun was chosen and special armour-piercing ammunition developed.

This Type of Gun was Used on the Hawker Hurricane Mk. IID also known as the "Tank Buster"


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German 40mm Shell  (pg1 SAS)

Here we have a German Made 40mm Cannon Shell That was Recovered from the Ardennes. It was Made for Use in Captured English and French Bofors GunsThis is Marked





It has the Nazi Reichsadler Stamped Clearly with waA270

The Bofors 40 mm gun, often referred to simply as the Bofors gun is an anti-aircraft/multi-purpose auto cannon designed in the 1930s by the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors. It was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft systems during World War II, used by most of the western Allies as well as by the Axis powers.

The Wehrmacht used a number of Bofors guns which had been captured in Poland and France. The Kriegsmarine also operated some guns obtained from Norway.

In German naval use, the gun was designated the "4 cm Flak 28", and was used aboard the cruisers "Admiral Hipper" and "Prinz Eugen" toward the end of the war. Beginning in 1942, several E-boats were equipped with the Flak 28 to enable them to fight against British MGBs and MTBs on equal terms.

German 4cm Flak 28

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German 37mm Flak 18 Shell with Clip (pg1 SAS)

Here we have a German 37mm Flak 18 Shell

It also comes with an Original Storage Clip

The 3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37 was a series of anti-aircraft cannon produced by Nazi Germany that saw widespread service in the Second World War. The cannon was fully automatic and effective against aircraft flying at altitudes up to 4,200 m. The cannon was produced in both towed and self-propelled versions. Having a flexible doctrine, the Germans used their anti-aircraft pieces in ground support roles as well; 37 mm caliber guns were no exception to that. With Germany's defeat, production ceased and, overall, 37 mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon fell into gradual disuse, being replaced by the Bofors 40 mm gun and later, by 35-mm anti-aircraft pieces produced in Switzerland.

Flak 18 AA Cannon

The original 37 mm gun was developed by Rheinmetall in 1935 as the 3.7 cm Flak 18. It had a barrel length of 57 calibers which allowed 4,800 m (15,700 ft) effective ceiling. The armour penetration was considerable when using dedicated ammunition, at 100 m distance it could penetrate 36 mm of a 60°-sloped armour, and at 800 m distance correspondingly 24 mm. It used a mechanical bolt for automatic fire, featuring a practical rate of fire of about 80 rounds per minute .

The Flak 18 was only produced in small numbers, and production had already ended in 1936. Development continued, focusing on replacement of the existing cumbersome dual-axle mount with a lighter single-axle one.The gun's ballistic characteristics were not changed, although the practical rate of fire was raised to 120 rpm


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US 60mm Illumination Parachute Mortar (pg1 SAS)

Here we have a 60mm Illumination Round as Used by the United States Army

It was Used in the M2 Mortar as a Pyrotechnic Parachute Flare used in night Missions Requiring Illumination for assistance in Observation


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18Lb Shell recovered from the Somme (pg1 SAS )

Here we have shell recovered from the Somme Battlefield it is dated 1916.

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Seen under an 18 Lb Gun with its gun crew .

The Quick Firing (QF) 18 Pounder was the principle Field Gun of the British Army in World War One.  The gun saw service in every theatre of the Great War. Its calibre of 84mm and shell weight made it more brutal and destructive than the French 75mm and German 77mm. Its ammunition had the shell combined with the cartridge thus giving it the description of ‘quick firing’.

The gun and its ammunition limber were towed by a team of six light draught horses. A driver was allocated to each two horse team and rode the left horse of each pair. The two wheeled ammunition limber was hooked up to the horses and the trail of the gun was hooked to the limber. Further to this, each gun had two additional ammunition limbers towed by their own team.

The Somme

Fought between July and November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War.  The Somme offensive was planned as the major Allied effort on the Western Front for 1916, but the start of a desperate battle between French and German forces at Verdun meant that the British Army assumed the main role. After an intense, week-long artillery bombardment of German positions, the infantry began their advance at 7.30am on the clear midsummer’s morning of 1 July 1916. While there were some gains to the south, in the north the attacking troops struggled to overcome formidable defences, many of which had survived the artillery barrage. By the end of the first day, some 57,000 Commonwealth and 2,000 French soldiers had become casualties – more than 19,000 of whom had been killed.The offensive continued over the following months, and men from every part of Britain and across the Empire took part. Both sides committed huge quantities of manpower and munitions to the struggle.When the offensive was halted in November, more than 1,000,000 Commonwealth, French and German soldiers had been wounded, captured, or killed

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French 47 mm Char B1 Dunkirk Tank shell (pg1 SAS )

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Here is a complete 47mm SA35 shell dated 1938 used by the Char B1 tank and the Somua tank found at Dunkirk used in the first tank Battles on the Western front after the German invasion of France and the Allied retreat to the Dunkirk pocket in 1940.

A rare shell from one of the defining moments of the start of WWII. It will be supplied with a laminated card listing the details of the shell and a picture of the tank that fired it.

Seen under a captured B1 Char tank.


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German AV7 WWI 57 mm tank Shell (pg1 SAS )

Seen under the German AV7 tank

This is an incredibly rare 57mm WWI German Tank shell. Only 20 of these tanks were ever built. The AV7 tank mounted the only 57mm artillery piece used on the Western front in WWI, this shell was originally discovered in Belgium at a flea market . The shell carries the makers flaming bomb mark of the Imperial German maker Patronenfabrik Karlsruhe seen under.

The A7V was armed with six 7.92 mm MG08 machine guns and a 5.7 cm Maxim-Nordenfelt cannon mounted at the front. Some of these cannons were of British manufacture and had been captured in Belgium early in the war; others were captured in Russia in 1918 and appear to have included some Russian-made copies.
  • Some A7Vs were originally built with two forward-facing machine guns instead of a 57 mm gun. Most were converted to carry a 57 mm before entering service. Number 501, Gretchen, took part in the action at St. Quentin before her 57 mm was fitted.
Following the appearance of the first British tanks on the Western Front, in September 1916, the German War Ministry formed a committee, under the auspices of its General War Department, Section 7, Transportation  to investigate tank development.

One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, 10 to be finished as fighting vehicles with armored bodies, and the remainder as the cargo carriers. The number to be armored was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October 1918, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to be used in combat.

The project to design and build the first German tank was placed under the direction of Joseph Vollmer, one of Germany's foremost automobile designers. It was to weigh around 30 tons, be capable of crossing ditches up to 1.5 meters wide, have armament including cannon at the front and rear as well as several machine-guns, and reach a top speed of at least 12 km/h. The running gear was based on the Holt tractor copied from examples loaned by the Austrian Army. After initial plans were shared with the army in December 1916, the design was extended to be a universal chassis that could be used as a base for both a tank and unarmored over-land vehicle cargo carriers.

The first prototype was completed  at Berlin-Marienfelde and tested on 30 April 1917. A wooden mockup of a final version was completed in May 1917 and demonstrated in Mainz with 10 tons of ballast to simulate the weight of the amour. During final design, the rear-facing cannon was removed and the number of machine-guns was increased to six. The first pre-production A7V was produced in September 1917, followed by the first production model in October 1917. The tanks were given to Assault Tank Units 1 and 2, founded on 20 September 1917, each with five officers and 109 NCOs and soldiers

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60Lb Typhoon Rocket (pg1 Arm)

This is superb piece a 60Lb Rocket as used by the Typhoon , Mosquito and Beaufighter, this was an absolutely devastating weapon and used against ground targets.

 The almost indestructible Tiger tank feared this weapon.

A special gunsight with a rocket firing modification was used to sight them. Still has some of its original green paint. There is some surface corrosion as can been seen in the pictures .

Below the Awesome Hawker Typhoon with its pay load of Rockets.

It is totally inert and contains no explosive and can be legally owned without any sort of license.

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Jackson bullet positioning machine (pg1 Arm)

This is an original Jackson bullet belt positioning machine for Browning/Vickers machine guns

Dated 1943

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This ultra-rare Jackson positioning machine for 50 Calibre Browning/Vickers machine guns.

These machines were purchased by the RAF and used throughout World War II and were a vital piece of equipment to ensure smooth operations of the Browning machine guns.

Throughout World War RAF crews use the Vickers machine guns or Browning 50 calibre machine guns and depending on the application sometimes these belts would require the insertion of Tracer rounds.

These Tracers would be inserted into the belt by hand every 10th round but as a result they might be slightly off which could result in jamming, proving disastrous

The Jackson positioning machine was used by feeding belts through the positioning machine and ensured all the rounds were positioned perfectly enabling smooth operation of the Browning or Vickers machine-gun and minimizing any chance of jamming.

The condition piece is in exceptional condition and fully operational.



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Seen below the Werfer-Granate 21 rocket launcher


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WWII Luftwaffe Rocket fired anti Bomber cable  (pg1 arm) 

This is probably one of the rarest parts on this sight. Typical of the Germans ingenuity in WWII.

To date this is one of  only two known surviving examples.

Towards the end of the War the Germans were desperate to shoot down Allied bombers but both materials and experienced Pilots were very short.

This simple weapon was both cheap to produce easy to use and relatively safe for the attacking Pilot.

Fitted under the wings of the BF109 and FW 190 and probably other German fighters it did not require allot of accuracy or skill , as the Pilot approached the bomber stream he simply fired the rocket over the top of the Bomber stream,  it took with it a steel cable which was designed to get caught up in the props and control surfaces of the aircraft disabling it and bringing it down. The piece shown still contains its wire but not the rocket.

 It had a number of advantages , firstly it was cheap and easy to produce, it did not require a skilled Pilot to aim it and could be fired at a safe distance from the defensive armaments of the Bombers.

Surprisingly this method of bringing down bombers was used by the British as early as 1940 when rockets fired from the ground with a  cable attached to a parachute brought down more than one German Bomber. The cable was fired up at a low flying  bomber where it proceeded to drift down attached to a parachute. It could only target low flying aircraft and so was of limited use.

The Germans used a similar anti bomber Rocket weapon the  Werfer-Granate 21 rocket launcher, also known as the BR 21 (the "BR" standing for Bordrakete) in official Luftwaffe manuals,  a weapon used by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and was the first on-board rocket placed into service by the Luftwaffe, first introduced in mid 1943.

This weapon is almost certainly an adaptation of this air to air rocket. However the huge tube made the aircraft slower and less manoeuvrable  the tube with the cable is smaller and presumably created less drag. Later in the war the British used a more efficient system.  The projectile rocket launcher was created to protect ships from enemy planes, the unrotated projectile was fired from a ship, and, upon reaching 1,000 feet in elevation, it would explode and disperse mines attached to parachutes via 400 feet of cable. The general idea was to create an aerial minefield wherein enemy planes would become ensnared in the mess of cables.

This is an amazing piece of WWII history and a great example of a late war German innovation.

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Wartime dated .303 shell cases(pg1 Arm)

Finally we have now managed to source some .303 wartime dated shell cases. These have been difficult to find as its now a disused calibre. We have dates from 1940 and if you want a specific date please ask otherwise we will send a selection as they come to hand. They will arrive in their original used condition and have not been cleaned. All cases are fired and inert. 

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Bullet belt (pg1 Arm)

Here is a collection of bullets all inert with heads and links.


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250lb General Purpose Bomb Shell (page 4 relics 15)

Here we have the Outer Shell from a 250lb General Purpose Bomb

Although we do not Know the Exact History of this piece, But we do know that it was recovered from the Ardennes in France.


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25 Lb Fighter Bomber Bomb (pg2 arm)

This is an original 25Lb Bomb of coarse its totally inert and is only the casing.

This type or ordnance was generally used by Fighter Bombers including the Hawker Typhoon and even specially equipped Spitfires and Hurricanes.


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MG 53 Machine gun with full accessory pack

Here is a superb MG 53 you will not find a better example and comes complete with everything you see. It literally has everything including its standard ground mount ,AA mount, sighting scope tool kit, AA sights, spares barrel case etc. Please click on the pictures to enlarge them. Deactivated to full UK spec.

   In Yugoslavia this MG 42 variant was built at the state-owned Zavodi Crvena Zastava company as the M53 machine gun using original German machinery, retaining the 7.92×57mm Mauser chambering.

By doing so, the Yugoslavs retained the original weapon's design features, making the M53 a near exact copy of the German MG 42.

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