I was at Big 5 this morning, looking into something else, when I saw a 25-round box of Fiocchi, “Pistol Shooting Dynamics” line, of 9 mm Luger loaded with 124 grain truncated XTPHP bullet. I had not seen much Fiocchi ammo of this caliber packed for retail sale in 25-round boxes. I suppose that is a reality of today, since the price was 17.00 per box - not exactly a bargain “give away.”
However, the surprise, or shock, for me was that when I opened it to look at it, I found the ammo loaded in nickeled STARLINE 9mm LUGER cases! I cannot hardly believe that one of the biggest pistol ammunition makers in the world is using Starline brass. That is not an indictment of Starline - their brass is great and is all I use in loading some of my favorite pistol calibers like .44-40. I just didn’t expect to see a non-Fiocchi headstamp. There have probably been other examples, but just off hand, I can’t think of any Fiocchi-loaded, Fiocchi standard brand series ammunition using brass with a non-Fiocchi headstamp. I think of some Fiocchi 9 x 18 mm Makarov loaded in Hungary, but even then, the headstamp is for G.F.L., and not the real maker of the brass.
The box uses a term you see occasionally, but not often, on American ammunition - “Assembled in the U.S.A.” - which in this case is expecially odd, since I would say that at least the case and bullet are American manufacture and the box has the Ozark, Missouri address indicating to me that it was likely loaded in the USA.
Common things in a lot of brands, but uncommon for Fiocchi.