Help Identifying Shell

InclinePerhaps

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Dec 12, 2022
Hi everyone - new here. I’m on a journey to find out what the shell is, the closest I can get is Hispano? Moreover - I’d like to know if I’m in danger of it detonating. I found it whilst serving in northern Oman, wedged between a few rocks. Thanks guys!
 

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ww2restorer

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May 28, 2011
Look at the photos, the 3rd on in particular, the base of the projectile has very well-defined recessed retention groove (for the shell), whereas the first two are corroded, almost gone. Turning the projectile 180degrees would not have such an appearance difference if it was found sitting logged between rocks. Doesnt appear to be an explosive head.
 

Engineman

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Any shell could be explosive, until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, getting weapon parts/shells checked and deactivated is not going to be easy and in most countries, having live or explosive rounds is illegal. You might find a helpful EOD specialist who can help.
Myself, I would say that any shells or fuzes that are not dechambered and certified inert are potentially dangerous. They are also a legal liability.

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ww2restorer

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May 28, 2011
Any shell could be explosive, until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, getting weapon parts/shells checked and deactivated is not going to be easy and in most countries, having live or explosive rounds is illegal. You might find a helpful EOD specialist who can help.
Myself, I would say that any shells or fuzes that are not dechambered and certified inert are potentially dangerous. They are also a legal liability.

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Being the projectile was wedged between rocks and exposed to weather for unknown period of time, I do not see where anyone could be legally liable. Any common sense would mandate notifying the authorities in your country.
 
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Chris H

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Dec 3, 2010
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Hi everyone - new here. I’m on a journey to find out what the shell is, the closest I can get is Hispano? Moreover - I’d like to know if I’m in danger of it detonating. I found it whilst serving in northern Oman, wedged between a few rocks. Thanks guys!
What's the diameter of the round?
Also, being ex-military, I wouldn't have risked putting it in my luggage to move it out of the Oman, especially if unsure of the FFE status!
 

Trelig

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Mar 3, 2019
Agree 20mm Hispano round minus the copper band. I live on the edge of what was a WW2 air to ground range so still plenty of (heavily corroded) rounds lying around in the target area. Where did you find it in Oman? I used to work there in the early 1980's. The RAF were involved in the Jebel Akdhar campaign where Vampires (armed with 20mm cannon) were used.
 

pb43

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Jul 10, 2022
Agree 20mm Hispano round minus the copper band. I live on the edge of what was a WW2 air to ground range so still plenty of (heavily corroded) rounds lying around in the target area. Where did you find it in Oman? I used to work there in the early 1980's. The RAF were involved in the Jebel Akdhar campaign where Vampires (armed with 20mm cannon) were used.
I worked in Oman for 11 years, a bit after your time. I was at Thumrait with Airwork on the Jags.
 

InclinePerhaps

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Dec 12, 2022
Agree 20mm Hispano round minus the copper band. I live on the edge of what was a WW2 air to ground range so still plenty of (heavily corroded) rounds lying around in the target area. Where did you find it in Oman? I used to work there in the early 1980's. The RAF were involved in the Jebel Akdhar campaign where Vampires (armed with 20mm cannon) were used.
I found it in the Jebel Akdhar funnily enough! Beautiful area, I'd love to return some day.
 

InclinePerhaps

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Dec 12, 2022
Thanks for all the help guys. I believe it to be a SAP/I round from a RAF Vampire in the Jebel Akdhar campaign (this is where I found it). Any recommendations on how to dispose of this?
 

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