8x50R Lebel - B headstamp


#1

Hello,
I’m looking for information what means B letter on this 8x50R Lebel case.

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  • primer is repeatedly hit
  • shape of neck looks like from a blank cartridge with cardboard or wooden bullet

Regards.


#2

B is not a manufacturer, but a code to denote it is an “Inert cartridge”. Hope that helps.


#3

These cases were made from 1909 to 1911 and denote lighter case and were loaded only as blank loads with green paper bullets.


#4

Did only VIS plant use such headstamp?

Maybe you have a list with possible variants B signs for these years.


#5

Not only VIS.
ATS, ADI and DTE are also known.
They are supposed to be loaded as blank by “Le Bouchet”, hence the B code. At that time, the establishment “Le Bouchet” loaded all the blank cartridges.


#6

May be Le Bouchet, but could also be Blanc, as in Tir en Blanc ( white fire, or the old musketry white smoke blank ( no ball).
From which the English “Blank” comes from.
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