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July 06, 2006

Whatziss help.

You guys have *actually* hit all the component elements of the answer. You just have to figure out which ones from the clues.

I will acknowledge I inadvertently misled you with the scale referent. The artifact in question is at least 60 years younger than the grenade.

Here's another pic to help you on your journey.

C'mon, you can do it!

Update:

Frank got it - Riot Control round, in this case a French "baton round" that fired a hollow rubber ball from a 37mm launcher - similar to this gun.

What's interesting about this one is that it's a 12 gauge blank inserted into a larger caliber plastic case, vice the aluminum cased more classic design of this Brit baton round in the Castle holdings. Fairly low velocity and hits with a sharp sting. I've been hit, in training, with a baton round from 50 yards. Not fun. Certainly, getting hit at close range in the wrong place can cause (and has) fatalities or serious injury. There are rules of engagement covering these weapons as there are any others.

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