The excellent thread by Fede and Claudio on 5.56mm from Chile motivated me to ask about Paraguay. Until a couple of years ago I had nothing in my collection from Paraguay until the following box and cartridge turned up.
We knew that FAMAE was the ammunition factory in Chile, but John Moss was clever enough to discover that DIMABEL was the Armed Force’s Armaments Directorate of Paraguay. It turns out this was perhaps a contract by FAMAE for Paraguay, or based on some of the information below-perhaps a cooperative production of ammunition in Paraguay with FAMAE assistance. I’d have never guessed who made this ammunition without the box label since it is Berdan primed and FAMAE produces Boxer primed cases for Chile. The bullet had a brass jacket when FAMAE porduction had GM jackets and this cartridge had a very destinctive primer crimp. it is obvious that this cartridge was made to meet the specification established by DIMABEL in Paraguay and perhaps was actually made in the DIMABEL factory. There was also a companion round produced in 7.62mm NATO.
More research yielded up the following:
[quote]In April 2008, Directive 12036 ordered the launch of Paraguay’s defence industrial capacity. DIMABEL, the Armed Force’s Armaments Directorate, will produce small arms munitions, explosives and rockets. In December 2010 DIMABEL began to produce 7.62, 5.56 and 9 mm munitions after more than 10 years of inactivity. Production of small arms munitions was re-launched in early December 2010 by DIMABEL’s main factory located at Piribebuy. The factory, which was originally established in 1987 with a machine procured from FN Herstal, can produce NATO standard 7.62 mm, 5.56 mm and 9 mm munitions.
It seems like from 1986 until sometime in the mid??? 1990s or so Paraguay produced it’s own ammunition, perhaps in all three calibers listed above.
Further a friend in Chile told me that:
A Spanish language site provided the following:
[quote] The importance of the factory would be even if it began to occur again. The factory was acquired in 1985 of the Belgian FN Herstal. Already started production after the fall of the Stroessner dictatorship, but its greatest activity was between 1996 and 97 under an agreement with the Chilean firm Famae, they reported in the DIMABEL. Since 2000 not caused by lack of raw materials and maintenance.
To reactivate the ammunition factory of the Armed Forces still lack a lot of investment, although the State has already spent a few G. 6,400 million between 2008 and 2009. This resource is used in the first phase of recovery and was in charge of the Paraguayan PROEL Engineering firm, which represents the Belgian firm EDB Engeeniering.
A Forum in Paraguay provided the following:
[quote] According to sources consulted DIMABEL yesterday, which will show the operation of a “line of cartridge refilling” 7.62 caliber NATO with a German machine 1955, upgraded. Also showcase the work of other machines that were first thought to be repaired with a high economic investment. DIMABEL The factory was acquired in 1985 of the Belgian FN Herstal. Began to occur after the fall of the Stroessner dictatorship, but its greatest activity was between 1996 and 97 under an agreement with the Chilean firm Famae, as reported last September. Since 2000 not caused by lack of raw materials and maintenance. As explained to parliamentarians, the recovery would still require a lot of money, although the State had already spent about G. 6,400 million between 2008 and 2009. This resource is used in the first phase of recovery and was in charge of the Paraguayan PROEL Engineering firm, which represents the Belgian firm EDB Engeeniering. An amount of G. 20,000 million was awarded in 2009 to PROEL to continue the process, but the action was not executed by an abrupt cancellation of the contract earlier this year.
Another reference indicated that in 2010, the facility had produced 200,000 9x19mm cases but was short of powder to load them.
Then there was the following photo of the boxes from the Piribebuy factory.
Given this history of production of 9x19mm and other calibers in Paraguay, I have two rounds that, based on their primer crimp, look like they are products of or for Paraguay. I have found a document on the internet that confirms that in 1988 there was a “Directorate of Military Industries” which could explain the “IM” on the headstamp.
Note how similar the letter style is on these two headstamps. The shape of the numbers is similar to this FN 66 headstamp below but the letter style is somewhat different.
Now the question!!!
Does anyone have ammunition made by or for Paraguay???
Has anyone seen cartridges with the two headstamps above in other calibers???
Is there any other information out there on ammunition made by or for Paraguay???
If someone just happens to have a couple of the JAGUARETE boxes pictured above, I sure would like to talk you out of one of them!!!