I have two 9mm “unknowns” in my collection that I acquired from a dime box (literally) at either a gun show or a cartridge show, I forget which. If at a Cartridge Show, it would have been at the Chicagoland Show many years ago, perhaps even when it was at Mundelein. If a gunshow, it would have likely been at what was once a large show held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California.
First, neither of these rounds are in cases that show any evidence of being fired, although one may have been chambered in a firearm (the Frontier-headstamped round). The “work” on the cartridges is well done.
The first round has a standard-looking GM RN FMJ bullet, but with a reddish-purple strip around the bullet not ar below the nose. The primer is lacquered all green. Headstamp is “FRONTIER 9mm LUGER.”
The second round has a lead, truncated, flat-point bullet, very well cast, and the primer is lacquered purple. Headstamp is “NEVINS 9mm LUGER.”
Both of these rounds have a red dot on the head at approximately the three O’Clock position. The odd thing is that the dots are indented, apparently by the point of a very small drill bit, and the paint applied into the indentation.
I have no idea what these are, and have pretty much regarded them as fakes, interesting enough to pay a dime each for them, and put them in my collection along with a few other suspect rounds I have.
My partner Joe is going to post pictures of these rounds when he has a chance. I would suggest holding off any answers until the pictures are posted. Thanks for any help or opinions.