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Author Topic: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet  (Read 884 times)

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Online Nelson Welch

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100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« on: February 08, 2019, 01:18:37 PM »
I was wondering who did the work for Archaeology Magazine ?.////////////////////////////////While surveying the site of an attack on a Turkish military train in the Arabian Desert in Jordan, which was described by T.E. Lawrence in his autobiography, archaeologists discovered a spent bullet that was likely fired from Lawrence's own Colt 1911 automatic pistol. The weapon  would have been extremely rare in the Middle East during the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918.With Cole's information..(Thanks), it may be that the Archaeologists doing the work are scientists,  and therefore don't really need a firearms examiner.
 
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 02:18:05 PM »
The bullet in the picture looks a bit long for a .45 ACP 230 grs FMJ (typical for these days) bullet to me.... ???
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 02:52:59 PM »
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 06:03:21 PM »
I’d hazard a guess that in a century’s time that maybe a random person or two may have done some pistol shooting in the desert.


It’s a bit of a stretch to claim that this is one of his bullets.  The longer a “crime scene” is left uncontrolled the greater the chance that any pertinent evidence would be lost, or other items contaminate the scene.


I’d say it a good guess that maybe another war or three may have swept over the region since 1918.
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 10:25:14 AM »
Weren't British Colt Pistols .455?
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019, 10:30:08 AM »
I believe they fired .455 Eley aka .455 Colt.
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2019, 11:05:52 AM »
Keeping in the 100 to maybe 130 years ago time period.  I think I see at least 6 different manufacturers in the 9 rifles that are shown in the photo.
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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 08:02:41 PM »
At the far right is a Springfield "Trapdoor" Carbine—there's only one place he could have got that one!   >:(

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Re: 100 year old T. E. Lawrence bullet
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 10:44:17 AM »

Rifling is in pretty bad shape.  I don't see anything to indicate a left or right hand twist.  A 45 AUTO for reference.

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