Can anyone tell me precisely who made the 9 x 18 m/m Makarov cartridges that have, as the factory identifier, the code “601?” My understanding is that they are associated with Uzbekistan, but I have received conflicting information from knowledgable collectors about whether or not they were made FOR that country or IN that country, and in one case, whether they had anything at all to do with Uzbekistan. It is important that I get the accurate story of these rounds.
Specimens at hand:
Ball, RN FMJ GMCS, brass case, brass primer, no seals: " 601 01 "
Ball, RN FMJ GMCS, brass case, nickel primer, no seals: " * 601 D 02 "
Ball, RN FMJ Brass, brass case, brass primer, no selas: " * 601 D 02 "
Dummy, RN FMJ GMCS, brass case, no primer: " * 601 A 01 " (in this case, the letter I have portrayed as “A” is actually the Cyrillic letter “D”, which I could not reproduce here).
The stars are all 8-point, like asterisks in form. On the dummy round, the bunter entries are larger and not the same. For example, the hook of the numeral “1” is longer, the top loop of the “6” is more curved, and while the “star” is eight point, it is quite different than on the others. The case looks identical as to width of the extractor groove and shape of the extractor-groove bevel, but the different headstamp letters and the use of the Cyrillic “D” in place of the Roman “D” make me wonder if the cases were made in the same factories?
Any help will be appreciated. Substantiation will be even more appreciated.
A picture of a box label will be super appreciated.