7,9 Mauser "Sorte" markings?


#1

Dan Kent’s book suggests that the “sorte” markings used by the Germans were only used on brass cases reloaded for use as Platzpatrone 33 cartridges. Once the steel case was in full production, there were enough extra cases to load, that there was no longer a need to reload fired cases.

I recall having a copper washed steel cased Platzpatrone 33 cartridge with a “sorte ring” marking. Could this case have been mistakenly mixed in with brass ones for reloading, or were steel cases also reloaded and “Sorte” marked?

Any idea when this practice stopped, or did it go on until the end of the war?

AKMS


#2

Yes, both C/W and lacquered steel cases were reloaded and “Sorte” marked. When they stopped (if they stopped) applying the rings I don’t know. They were apparently still being put on in 1943. On the round from the box, the knurling looks freshly applied with sharp edges not rounded off like those that have gone through the cleaning process




#3

Most of the time it was written on the label.
Sorte 1 or Sorte 2

On Phil


#4

Dutch–Any partricler meaning to the label colors?


#5

Yes Ron,

brass cases one colour, yellow/orange.
Steel cases, orange/red label with a blue stripe in the centre of the label.
The


#6

If there is anybody who is not familiar with German 7.9mm, an explanation:
Sorte 1 = once reloaded with knurled ring on case near base.
Sorte 2 = twice reloaded with 2 knurled rings on case near base.

Occasionally you will find a case with three rings but I have never seen an official Sorte 3 designation, so I don


#7

That’s a new one for me.


#8

Yes Ron,

brass cases one colour, yellow/orange.
Steel cases, orange/red label with a blue stripe in the centre of the label.
The