At SLICS I acquired a German-made 9 x 19 mm Para cartridge with a headstamp I had not seen before. The headstamp is in the basic pattern required now by the German military, and is: 9x19 SAT16D0000
The cartridge is brass-case, brass primer cup with red primer seal, and a brass-jacket, non-magnetic FMJ bullet. The bullet ogive is a bit more rounded (blunter) than what I am used to seeing on 9 mm ball cartridges made in Germany. Total cartridge weight is 190.8 grains (approximately 12.40 grams), which would indicate the bullet alone weighs approximately 124 grains.
Several questions come to mind:
- Who actually made these cartridges?
- Who were these cartridges made for?
- What does “SAT” stand for (perhaps the name of the manufacturer)?
- The cartridges were made in 2016, and are a “D” classification loading. What type of loading does “D” specify?
- Why is the manufacturer’s Lot Number “0000?”
I have only once before seen a lot number composed of nothing be zeroes (000) and that was on the pre-production trial lot of CCI 9 mm Para rounds made for the French. That is confirmed, as is the headstamp. I have it in my own collection.
Quite frankly, I was told at the show what the SAT stands for, but can’t find the note I made - not usual for me at a big and busy show.
Hope someone can help.