[quote=“JAN”]In this case SMI has nothing to do with Austria or Assman, in fact Assmann made only blanks with SMI headstamp, plastic blanks with a steel head. In this case it means Societa Metallurgica Italiana.
The projectiel is German made short-range projectile
This answer isn´t true at all…
I have several boxes of 223 Ball and AP (SC or similar to SS109 AP) rounds…made by Assmann. Headstamp in that case is SMI, and I have several more which only have the hs "A followed by lot and year"
Already in the 80this Assmann started into the “live” ammo area, to fight his longtime rival of HP. You can read this also in the official HP document -150 years of Hirtenberg- booklet from Moetz…
HP answered also with production of plasticblanks, in 308 and a lot of different 223 plastic-Variations
If that particular .308 cartridge above was made or not by Assmanns SMI-factory I do not know, as I do not have the specific cartridge here for visual inspection.
This answer is just to correct the saying of “Assmann had done only Plastics or blanks, and HP only the Live ammo…”, which certainly is not correct