I am not very much into Chinese headstamps, so maybe this is a stupid question for any Chinese ammunition or cal. 7.62x39 expert:
At the shooting range of the Vietnamese Cu Chi tunnel museum site I recently picked up a fired 7.62x39 case with the headstamp “14 03” (“14” at the 12 o’ clock position, “03” at the 6 o’ clock position).
The case is made from copper washed steel and has a brass primer with a red lacquer seal. Most of the 7.62x39 ammo fired on this range had Russian lacquered steel cases made by plant No. 539 (Tula). Only some of the cases were copper washed steel.
I have not seen the manufacturer code “14” so far, that’s why I picked the case up and took it home with me.
Is this uncommon at all? Has anybody ever seen that code before?
Thanks for any help!
PS: If desired, I will post a picture of the case and its headstamp.