Gentlemen, I would appreciate your views on the question of attributing nationality to ammunition makers. This is to help me to place the makers under the right national headings in the ammunition reference I work on.
In most cases the nationality is obvious, but there seems to be a growing number of exceptions, some of which are real head-scratchers for me. Some examples:
Sellier & Bellot are owned by CBC, but retain their own ammo line and make it in the Czech Republic, so I still classify them as Czech. On the other hand, Magtech are also owned by CBC but as far as I can make out their ammo is now made by CBC in Brazil with Magtech just being a brand name, so I classify them as Brazilian.
Armscor is based in the Philippines but their .22 TCM ammo seems to have been designed and made in the USA - so what should that be?
SIG is a Swiss company, but the SIG Sauer operation is based in the USA. So I’m inclined to regard their new Performance Elite ammunition as American - right?
Wolf Performance Ammunition is an American company, but as far as I can make out, most of their ammo is made in Russia, with some in Germany. However, as it is only made for Wolf (presumably to their specifications), I’m inclined to regard their products as American. On the other hand, a US company which simply imports ammo from a foreign maker maybe shouldn’t be classified as an ammo maker at all…is the difference simply having their own headstamps and box labels?
There will be quite a few other variations on this theme which you can no doubt provide, the variables being the country of origin, the country of manufacture and the country in which the company is headquartered. What I’m looking for are some guiding principles to cover such issues, but I suspect these will be hard to identify…