Thank you Peter and Jon. I just wanted to see what kind of headstamp they were doing, and to confirm that they had used the code “3” which also can be Ulynovsk in Russia. It is interesting that in the years before 1992, they made only the 9 mm Parabellum in pistol ammunition, not the 9 x 18 mm Makarov. It seems they got their 9 Makarov and 7.62 Tokarev ammunition from China, as an Albanian manual shows the ammo as Model 59 and Model 54 respectively, and those are only Chinese designations for the two calibers.
The PAR headstamp from 1991, on 9 mm Para ammunition, seems to be the last known date for an Albanian cartridge beofre 1992, when the factory all but shut down. It has revived over the years since then, thanks in part to financial and technical aid from Turkey and others. Current ammunition production seems limited to 9 x 18 mm Makarov, now made there, and 9 mm Parabellumm although they express a capability of making other former COMBLOC calibers as well as NATO calibers.
The lack of Albanian cartridges from the 1960s to the 1980s in collections is testament, I presume, to their incredible dislike and suspicion of the West, which caused them even to aligh much closer with the PRC than it did with the USSR or any other of the Warsaw Pact Nations. They produced ammunition from about 1966 on, although the factory was actually founded in 1962.
Well, thanks for the information.
Peter, could you send me a personal email? I would appreciate it.