38 COLT Spl Proof


#1

Howdy, anyone know if this is a Proof round? headstamp is REM-UMC 38 COLT SPL the case and base are Black ,the case also has a knurled cannelure ,flat nose lead bullet. thanks Randy


#2

Randy

The blackened case was Colt’s way to identify proof rounds prior to WW II when it was changed to a nickeled case with red bullet and case base. Most all of them will have a REM-UMC headstamp and a “U” nickeled primer.

You also asked about a “tinned” 38 Colt NP but I can’t say if it’s a proof round or simply a nickeled case for police use in a leather cartridge belt. The 38 Colt NP proof round of pre WW II would have the same features of the 38 Colt Special described above.

Ray


#3

Remington changed from blackened cases for Proof to tinned around the mid-1930’s. The tinned proof have a grayish look to them compared to the bright nickled cases for use in leather belts.