A brass 12.7 x 108 case stamped “3” at 12 o’clock, and the Cyrillic letter D at 6 o’clock. Stars at 3 and 9 o’clock. I believe this is Ulyanovsk Machinery plant, am I correct?
Does this date code work where a letter is a year? Did it start with “A” in 1949, Cyrillic B for 1950, Cyrillic V (same character as western “B”) for 1951 and Cyrillic G for 1952, Cyrillic D for 1953, “E” Cyrillic “Y” for 1954 and so on?
The date codes did not follow an alphabetical order. I cannot post Cyrillic letters here, but they look like the following: L, A, E, N, K. the years are 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956 respectively.
Thanks, I do not actually have this round in my posession yet, I am buying it from a friend.
Letters are the following:
Г (G) - 1952
Д (D) - 1953
Е (E) - 1954
И (I) - 1955
К (K) - 1956
and it is exactly alphabetic order, but without Ж (Zh) and З (Z), I think because they are too close to “star” and “three” stamps and can be easy confused.
[quote=“AKMS”]The date codes did not follow an alphabetical order. I cannot post Cyrillic letters here, but they look like the following: L, A, E, N, K. the years are 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956 respectively.
AKMS[/quote] Did that have anything to do with the Korean war ?
Thanks for the clarification. What I was trying to say was that the code did not start with “A” and go in alphabetical order… and as you pointed out, several letters were skipped. As for the code being related to the Korean War, a very knowledgeable and experienced collector has suggested that there is a connection…
I now have this case in my posession, I will try to post a photo and a headstamp scan in the next few days for future research purposes.
- Not all the Russian made rounds manufactured in 1952 have the Cyrillic letter “G” [it looks like an inverted “L”] marked on the headstamp as a code-letter for the date of manufacture. I have a 23X115 fired brass case heastamped “184” [State factory code for “Zelenodolsk Factory Associates”] over “52” and another 23X115 fired brass case headstamped “184” over the Cyrillic letter “G”. On some older Russian headstamps [even from WW2] the Cyrillic letter “G” is marked after the two digit date of manufacture to show the Russian word “year”. Liviu 03/02/07