Recently I’ve bought a 12.7x99 mm cartridge, presumably API and manufactured by Armería de las Fuerzas Armadas San Cristóbal, located in the Dominican Republic. Headstamp is (12/6 o’clock) .50 81, primer annulus is black and the bullet has a silver painted tip. The bullet has a magnetic core.
In addition to my silver colored bullet, I’ve also spotted a .50 cal cartridge (headstamp .50 79) with a normal silver over red bullet tip, indicating APIT.
As far as I know, 50 caliber cartridges from this factory had the following bullet tip colors:
APT: yellow over maroon;
APIT: white over maroon.
Some questions arose regarding the tip colors of my round and the round I’ve spotted:
- Are these two cartridges indeed manufactured by the San Cristóbal factory?
- Are they indeed API and APIT?
- If yes, why aren’t the usual tip colors used, resp. white and white over maroon? Are these manufactured for an export contract?
- Did this factory also made ball, tracer, blanks and other (regular) types of 12.7x99 mm ammunition?
- Is the quality of Dominican ammunition indeed as miserable as I’ve heard?
Thanks in advance for any help!