Since we ( the Organisation of Cartridge Collectors) are dedicated to academic and correct research regarding Cartridges, we Should Rid our Correspondance and research of Incorrect Terminology.
In this case, the Technically ( and Legally ) incorrect use of “8mm” in describing the 7,9 Patrone in German Military Service.
In German ( Imperial, Wiemar, III Reich.) Service, the Military Description ( Bore Diameter) referred only to cartridges for Service Use; to Legally distinguish Sporting Ammunition, the Term
“8mm” or ever “8,2mm” ( Bullet or Groove diameter) was used…possession of FMJ ammo was restricted to Military and Police.
What the American Commercial ammunition manufacturers did post WWI ( some even before) in misnaming 7,9 ammo as “8mm” is the result of Ignorance of European Practice.
To note, that US manuf. of7,9 ammo for China WWII, and Indonesia (1950s ) bears the Correct Nomenclature for FMJ.
7,92 Description adopted by CzechoSlovakia in 1919, and adopted by Britain as well. Most other nations used 7,9mm designation.
So, for the Sake of Technical Correctness, all references to the German ( and other National services) use of the 7,9 S or sS cartridges should Never be referred to as " 8mm"…that includes the PP43/ Kpz43 commonly called the Sturmgewehr
Cartridge…is 7,9 x 33, NOT “8×33”.
Usual allowances for official 7,92 descriptive use.
We should lead the way, Members, Posters, and Moderators, in the correct use of 7,9/ 7,92 for Military cartridges of the Patrone 88 and Patrone S and sS in Military Service.
Education in " Bolidology" ( Greek,
Bolidos ( projectile, bullet, “ball”, round shot from Peltastes
( Slingers) and Logos: Knowledge
is as ancient and honourable as any of the other " -ology" and should be seen as such with correct Terminology.
Bolidologist since 1960s.
Also Hoplologist as well.
No, I didn’t do Classical or Biblical Greek at School or Uni.; Only Latin.
Which instilled a preciseness of Language in my English / Italian etc Ramblings ( Law School late in life helped also).
Is this a Labour of Sysiphus???