499 Leitner-Wise draw set


#1

I know that draw sets are fairly rare, but how unusual is it to find a draw set for a .499 LWR (Leitner Wise)? Has anyone ever seen or heard of one? I just acquired this set:


#2

DK,

Draw sets, like cartridge boxes, are something I’ve barely dipped a pinkytoe into.

The cartridge itself was tough to find, at least for me. Before LWRC (current piston-driven rifle manufacturer, Land Warfare Resource Company?), it was Leitner-Wise Rifle Company. I lost track of who (if anyone) still inventories or deploys the system; seems like .50BW and .458SC filled that niche better for those wanted/needed it.

Now SSA is loading the stuff (at least they sell the cases). I might inquire with them if you want more details; their ads state that they make their own brass.


#3

The story of Leitner-Wise is a somewhat convoluted one which I won’t go into in detail because lawyers tend to get involved.

However, as I understand it the original Leitner-Wise Rifle Company (founded by Paul Leitner-Wise) offered the .499 for a while. It was tested by the USCG, I believe, for its boat-engine stopping powers, but was not adopted. The firm changed hands and changed its name to Land Warfare Resources Corp.; the .499 was dropped from production (at least for the time being) with the company now specialising in 5.56mm rifles. Their website: lwrci.com/

A further complication is that Leitner-Wise Defense was also established around the same time and offers rifle parts and accessories: leitner-wise.com/


#4

Draw sets gave always intrigued me. I don’t quite know how to classify them for “scarcity.” Draw sets as a field are certainly not rare, perhaps not even scarce. But since, when you look thru various collections that have them, you seldom see one you have seen before, so I guess by any individual maker and caliber, each one is rare by itself. I have probably over a dozen in auto pistol calibers, ranging from the mundance to the rare, speaking of the cartridge case maker and headstamp. I have had others, but not kept them for one reason or another.

One problem with them, unless you are privy to the smallest details of that specific manufacturer’s production method, you never know if they are complete or not. I have a very rare cartridge case in a draw set - the so-called “Ethiopian” headstamp from SFM on 7.63 mm Mauser (probably actually made for a Turkish sales agent) - but it has only four pieces. I would say that particular one is absolutely, without question, only a partial draw set. At the other extreme, I have a Swiss 9 mm set with well over 20 pieces, that includes the primer cup and anvil, and the draw set for the bullet. and even an assembled dummy cartridge engraved “inerte” on the side. It is undoubted a totally complete set.

Regardless of scarcity, they are interesting, and having a couple of them enriches any collection as far as I am concerned, especially if they are pretty much complete, as they teach many of us that have not seen cartridge cases manufactured something of the process involved
in case drawing.


#5

Here is an example of the most complete draw set I have. It even includes the scrap. It is in a walnut case with a closure of silver metal,
the top of the hook being in the form of an Ordnance Bomb. It was presented by Brigadier General Frank P. Clarke. I don’t know much
about him, except that as a Colonel, he was assigned to Rock Island Arsenal.

The headstamp on the dummy cartridge is “L C 7 1” which is also the headstamp on all the case-draw pieces that are headstamped. It
is a set for the 5.56 Ball Cartridge M193. The only thing that appears to be missing is the brass disc from which the first cup is formed,
but it is possible that Lake City acquires the brass in cup form, not disc. If not, then, again, that piece was not used in this presentation case.

From the collection of, and photo by, John Moss