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 Post subject: SOE Tree Spigot Mortar
PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 18:14 pm 
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Just thought i would share a rare thing my mate has in his collection. A tree spigot mortar for the SOE gang. The center part which the bomb slides on to is on a ball joint, so can be pointed and fixed into whatever position by tightening the bolt. There was a way of aiming, it but i forget now.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 18:40 pm 
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How is the piece cocked and fired. I take it this device is fired from a lanyard, wouldn't want to be behind it when it was fired.


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Fascinating post! I've never seen one of these before!

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I'm not sure how it cocks, as i didn't have a proper play with it. I'll have to get it out again. Anyway this is what my book says ...

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Very interesting indeed!
Cheers for sharing.


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Interested! Will contribute more tomorrow.


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Well i had another look and found the lanyard too, so i unscrewed the center piece which revealed the firing pin and spring (which was easy to push back by hand whilst lining the holes up at the base).

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Apparently there are sights and an inert bomb for this, so i will have to find them and hopefully take more pics :mrgreen:


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When researching this tree spigot a couple of years ago I found some film of it being demonstrated. And now I can't find where it was! Frustrating!!!


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Well you learn something new every day, this one new to me, thank you for sharing Jay

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That would have been great to see it in action !
Fingers crossed that you might still find it.


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Nice bit of kit - not seen one before - suspect rare and desirable!

Surprised it appears to be complete and serviceable - would have thought there was a requirement to have it cut and welded into a useless blob of steel given the way the world has gone for everything else.

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Ok, so i took more pics...of the sight.....

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And some pics of the inert bomb, of which the head was filled with sand maybe? Also had a screw on end cap. Dust cover?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 22:08 pm 
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The book says the recess in the bomb head is for the fuze....

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And the practice bomb was fired by a shotgun cartridge type blank.
I tried a 12g cartridge for sizing purposes, but the rim was about 1mm too big. So they must have been custom sized/made blanks?

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