I almost think that sometimes one error leads to another in the
case-making process. I have a Russian 9 mm Makarov cartridge
that was found in a commercial box of 9 x 18 mm Mak ammo from
Russia. It features:
The wrong headstamp. It is headstamped “ICEBERG 9MM” (“ICEBERG”
is the name of a Russian Revolver).
The primer was crushed sideways in the primer pocket. Prior to obtaining
this cartridge, unfortunately the crushed primer was lost.
The case has the normal Berdan-type intergral anvil, but it has no flash
The “miracle” of this is that all of these defects got by the inspection process,
and, as I said, the cartridge was passed, boxed, and sold. It is, by the way,
a normal 18 mm length case and loaded with a normal ordinary projectile,
including the red-lacquer mouth seal.
I can’t see the “gouge” you are referring to in your picture as it appears on my
screen, hence my comment on the “weak” headstamp. When you say gouged
out, that implies the look of some machine cutting on the head. Could it be better
described as being “dished?” That is an actual question, not a supposition on
my part. Those British 9 mm with the head of the cartridge deformed into a
bowl-like surface, with so much impact that the primer is mashed flat, comes to
mind. I remember we were contemplating, at the time they were found (by you,
as I recall), whether or not it was some sort of experiment, and decided it was
almost certainly a manufacturing-process defect.