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Lot 3353: WWII U.S. M9A1 Bazooka Rocket Launcher, Class III/NFA

World War II U.S. Army M9A1 "Bazooka" Recoilless Rocket Launcher with Accessories, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Lot 3353: WWII U.S. M9A1 Bazooka Rocket Launcher, Class III/NFA

World War II U.S. Army M9A1 "Bazooka" Recoilless Rocket Launcher with Accessories, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500
Price Realized:

World War II U.S. Army M9A1 "Bazooka" Recoilless Rocket Launcher with Accessories, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Manufacturer: Cheney-Bigelow
Model: M9A1
Type: Destructive Device
Gauge: 2.36 inch
Barrel: 61 inch round
Finish: green
Grip:
Stock: metal
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 228
Class: Class III
Description:

An evolution of the M1, the M9A1 was part of the "Bazooka"/"Stovepipe" line of shoulder fired anti-tank rocket launchers. The first of its kind, the Bazooka was a massive shift in how infantry dealt with tanks and armored vehicles, and replaced the then underpowered anti-tank rifles of the inter-war era with a shaped charged rocket that could cope with the armor plating of the day. While other designs have come about, the basic principles are still in use today, and "bazooka" is still a recognized nickname for the entire class of weapon. The M9A1 was introduced in 1944 and would see America through the close of World War II. Constructed from two sections of steel tubing, the launcher is able to be broken down for storage and transport, with a flip-out optical sight for aiming and an integral magneto in lieu of an ignition battery. Both halves are marked "M9A1" near the junction point, with a wire reinforced chamber and the serial number near the breech. The "CB" prefix is associated with the Cheney-Bigelow Wire Works of Springfield, Massachusetts, a major manufacturer of the Bazooka during the war. Includes two canvas ammunition bags, three dummy rounds (one of the rounds has a few broken/absent tail fins), "The Bazooka" book by Gordon L. Rottman, spare trigger grip assembly, rocket launcher face mask and olive drab green canvas sling.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally reactivated, retains 85% applied green painted finish with some light flaking. Rewelded and repaired circular sections are visible on both tube sections from a previous deactivation. The ignition system is untested, and the optics are in fine order. NOTE: This Destructive Device is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.



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