I watched a show I had TiVoed off of the Military Channel just now about Air Force Special Forces. They spent a lot of time, predictably, on the AC-130 gunship. One of the officers interviewed for the show said that the 40mm Bofors cannon used “1950s vintage” ammunition.
Did he really mean ammo manufactured in the 1950s? Or just the same spec as 1950s ammunition?
If it’s actually ammo that’s fifty years old, is there any problem with dud rounds? I know we build stuff to last, but five decades seems a bit extreme for something like this. I could understand 16″ naval ammunition, for instance, since no contemporary capability exists to manufacture it. No such restriction applies to 40mm ammo.
I always figured it was the same old 40mm ammo from the good old days, but I didn’t think it was the ammo produced in the good old days.