Underwater Ammo Cache Found In Paranoa Lake, Brasilia

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F
Gun writer Ronaldo Olive sends along these photos of an ammunition cache sunk in the waters of Paranoá Lake in Brasília. Ronaldo writes:
Guess what, my friends!
Some people fishing in the Paranoá Lake, in Brasília, last week started catching, probably in their nets, some unusual fish: ammo rounds! Police was called with SCUBA gear and eventually found schools of the .45ACP, 9x19mm, 5.56×45, 7.62x51mm, and .30-06 species. The latter were neatly grouped in M1 Garand clips…
TV Globo’s nationwide “Bom-Dia Brasil” news program (from which the attached captured images came) of August 18 showed footage of the unexpected discoveries. As usual, the presenters said it was ammo for “heavy weapons” and “capable to bring down an airplane and perforate the armor of a tank”. Wow!
Ronaldo Olive
Pictures of the portion of the cache that has been recovered are below:

Some of the .45 ACP rounds found had a curious green lacquer coating the bullet and mouth of the case. A little independent research revealed that this green lacquer is used by Compania Brasileiro de Cartrouchoes (CBC) to denote “military only” ammunition:

It’s unknown whether the ammunition was sunken deliberately or accidentally, but whatever the intent, the ammunition would probably not be safe to shoot again.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

More by Nathaniel F

Join the conversation
2 of 44 comments
  • Rooftop Voter Rooftop Voter on Aug 25, 2015

    Small arms pistol ammo and 30.06 from a Garand are not heavy weapons ammo and neither of these will perforate the armor of a tank. Who writes this stuff? More than likely the same peeps who want to ban "scary" attachments on the AR-15 platform.
    Take the time to click on "barrel shroud" on You Tube and you get the idea.

  • Secundius Secundius on Sep 01, 2015

    The Ammunition Find, is probably related to the M1 Garand's seizure around the 28 or 29 of August 2015. The M1's were Tricked Out in Sage International M1GALCS/PMRI Aluminum/Polymer Stocks. But it's only a Guess...