.60 Cal "FA 45" dummy


#1

I got this dummy today and found the following thread about .60 Cal viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5988&hilit=60cal&start=0. It appears that the earliest headstamp is 1944 and the latest is 1951. So the testing went for at least 7 years before being discontinued. My round is labeled “very rare”. I assume that 7 years of testing and shooting would require a lot of ammo being made. So is it really rare or just a selling gimmick?


#2

I would not classify that as a rare round at all.

Dave


#3

Hi Vlad
the first headstamp was CAL.60 [over] W.R.A.
and the earliest date I have is:

CAL. .60
LOT 11347
[over]
W.S.M.CO. 43
It is also inert.
Other early Cal. 60 I have are a S L 44 in a dummy & a HPT with a FA 45 headstamp

HWS Vol II has a chapter on these.

As to how rare, definitely uncommon, but if vary rare means less that 5 rounds known, then not very rare. I’d say hard to find, if in a proof or some other uncommon load one might be very scarce, but I doubt any of the FA 45’s are rare. Hope that is some help?


.60 Cal. Pressure Test Case, W.S.M. CO 1942
#4

The earliest round I have is from 1941. Headstamp per below.

CAL. .60
LOT 6785
[over]
W.S.M.CO. 41

Thanks,
Dave


.60 Cal. Pressure Test Case, W.S.M. CO 1942
#5

The FA 45 markings appear to be cut by some sort of rotary cutter, not stamped. Is this normal for this type case?