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    Posted: Jan 15 2020 at 10:00pm
Somewhat interesting find today while looking through a local pawn shop, saw this box of ammo with "30 Carbine Tracer" hand written on the side of the box. For $25, I bought it. Ended up being Dutch Ammo, according to WBIII page 1415, the headstamp is (7.62x33 NWM 60)

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Not sure if I still have this, nor where it was acquired. Think it came with a long gone, cased arsenal M1A1.

Casing were brass marked LC 54 with orange tip and red primer. Might be two toned, but could just be "old age" or the photos. Can't remember if TRACER was printed or written on the box. Probably written.

Sources: WB 2, 3 and another CCC member.

War Baby III pg 1404-1409

Tracer ammo: Red or orange tip at the front of a brass bullet. There were two types of GI tracer ammo made for the carbines.

Type T24/M16 - One solid color at the tip.
Type T43/M27 - Two tone color towards the tip.

War Baby III indicates LC 54 was type M27. M16 was discontinued at the end of WWII.

War Baby II page 687 gives info and drawings on the T24/M16. The T43/M27 follows on page 688.

The difference between the two was the distance at which the tracer kicked in. The M16 it was immediate and out to 500 yards. The M27 was a dim tracer to 75 yards when it kicked into the full brightness to 500 yards. The M27 was strongly preferred over the M16 as it hid the shooter better. But production didn't get started til post WWII due to problems manufacturing it in time for WWII. It was considered valuable enough that 2,950,000 rounds were authorized post WWII, This decision may have included for use with the IR scopes as their R&D also continued past WWII with the intent of making the newer more capable one that ended up being the M3 20kv scope.
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