32 acp question


#1

CAME ACROSS SEVERAL OF THESE IN A BOX OF MIXED AMMUNITION. I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE A EUROPEAN HEADSTAMP NOT FC. ANY REASON FEDERAL WOULD USE WHAT LOOKS LIKE A STAINLESS STEEL BULLET JACKET BUT IT IS NOT MAGNETIC. ALL THE ROUNDS HAVE A FULL RED PRIMER.



#2

A very similar headstamp (including the F.C. rather than the FC) with a red primer occurs in 9mm Luger. The box is marked “Made in West Germany” and they sure look like DAG production. Production was probably around 1970.

Around this same time (1973 to be exact) Federal bought 9mm Luger ammunition, and probably other calibers, from Hirtenberg and the box was marked “Made in Austria”. These loads are best identified by the red primer annulus rather than the full red primer of the DAG loads.

Cheers,

Lew


#3

Lew is correct. The .32 Auto round pictured was made at the Geco factory of DAG in Germany. They also made
.25 Auto and 9 mm Para for Federal. I have never seen a .380 auto round made by DAG for Federal however.

Hirtenberg in Austria made the .25 Auto, .32 Auto and .380 Auto for Federal, but these have no red primer seal at all. The 9 mm Para rounds made there for Federal do have a red seal, but unlike the German production, it does not cover the entire primer cup.

If anyone knows of a .380 Auto round made in Germany for Federal, please report it on this thread, and cartridge pictures and if possible, box label showing the country of origin, would be appreciated for confirmation. The ones listed above are very well known from box labels, and are confirmed already, many times over.