US Battleship USS Maine - Photograph of Rapid-Fire Ammunition
(Photograph by E. H. Hart)

"The rapid-fire gun ammunition is here presented in sections which above the inner construction of the shells and their contents. The cartridge cases are composed of brass or copper and known as metallic ammunition. No. 5, lying lengthwise, shows the construction of a cartridge with a total weight of 96 pounds. The solid brass case weighs 18 pounds; the steel shell, 50 pounds, and the powder charge is 28 pounds. Then there are the cap and fuse." - Johnston

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