For attention John Moss.
You did ask, John.
Cartridge, S.A., Ball, Revolver, .32 Inch
This is one of the least known cartridges manufactured at Small Arms Ammunition Footscray.
From the few surviving rounds we know it is a rimmed brass case, without cannelures, a round nosed lead projectile and a copper primer.
The headstamp is M.F. .32 at 12 o’clock and six o’clock.
We don’t even know what drawings were used, and what manufacturers version these drawings were based on.
We have the records of the Munitions Supply Board report of 1931-1932 which stated that .32 Auto and .32 Revolver cartridges had been manufactured successfully for the first time in Australia.
Quantity manufactured has not been established, and is presumed to be quite small, although it is reported that the Defence Department was offering them for sale to other Departments in 1933. Does this and the following reference indicate there was more than one lot??
The only other reference I could find was that the first lot of cartridges were proofed in a Colt Police Positive revolver.
Any further information about this cartridge would be most welcome, especially if we could view a packet label.