9mm Luger I.D


#1

I have 2 luger cartridges that I’m trying to find the country of origin. One is headstamped S 7 44 and the other is S 1 49 both have nickel primers and copper jacket bullets.
Thank You Carolyn


#2

Both have been identified as clandestine Israeli production. I’m sure someone can date them by their components.


#3

Jon, They appear to be from the 1960s. There are a few more from this series including red tip tracers.

Cheers,
Lew


#4

Lew,
Any idea who they were for? Export or Israeli use?


#5

No idea. Most are cleaned like a lot of reprocessed Israeli ammo. Perhaps you know where this stuff came from.

Lew


#6

All that cleaned ammo came out of an Israeli military surplus dealer with a yard outside of Jerusalem, leading down towards the Dead Sea. Not sure if it’s still operating, but they had everything from small-arms ammo to tank and half-track parts.


#7

JON, It is probably battlefield pickups or similar junk from the 60s wars. Probably made for export but issued to Israeli troops when the need arose.

Cheers,
Lew