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September 23, 2012, 06:47 PM
Ammo I'm unfamiliar with

I saw .30 carbine tracer which isn't really strange but I also saw right next to it a box of .45 ACP tracer

I'm assuming that this was GI tommygun/greasegun ammo

Anybody have any? I'm curious about where it was made/when/ etc. Seller wouldn't let me fondle the carton

September 23, 2012, 06:58 PM
i think the 45 auto tracer was for signenaling, but it would be usefull in a auto grease or tommy gun.eastbank.

September 23, 2012, 07:17 PM
Good point.

I should have asked how many rounds were in the box. Dang it

James K
September 23, 2012, 07:49 PM
The military used .45 tracer for signalling, but the FBI must have used tons of it doing publicity movies at Quantico with their Thompsons. Those old films still show up on TV once in a while.


September 26, 2012, 03:42 PM
I was told a story long ago by a WW2 vet. (He has a reputation as a spinner of yarns) that a a 2nd Lt. in North Africa he would use his .45 full of tracers to direct MG fire to were it was needed. He told good stories but that is probably just what they were.

Mike Irwin
September 26, 2012, 06:45 PM
At certain points in the war certain soldiers were issued tracer ammo to do fire direction. Unfortunately they usually drew a lot of fire...

September 29, 2012, 11:42 AM
Wow, I bet it did! Range-wise, subgun or pistol vs. machine gun...I wouldn't volunteer to direct fire with .45 ACP tracer

Mike Irwin
September 30, 2012, 01:47 PM
Irc mostly it was done with riflemen who were armed with a bolt action 1903A3.