I have very little information on the .32 auto made by MF.
Manufacture commenced during the depression years in 1931 and continued through until 1941. I cannot find any quantities of production.
The Ball loading (the only one made to my knowledge) was produced to a local pattern i.e. drawing.
It was produced for the Services, and various Commonwealth and State departments as well as some was supplied to banks.
Only three headstamps known. MF .32 auto, M.F. .32 Auto and the really rare one MF1 .32 auto. at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock configuration. When I found the latter I thought it was a dirty mark, but it was a definite 1 with a slightly different configuration. I got it in the good old days, and was given it with a few other nice items by Footscray.
Official designation was Cartridge, S.A. Ball, .32 Auto Pistol.
Brass case with a copper primer and a round nosed cupro nickel projectile, with one cannelure and raised MF on the exposed lead projectile base; Case mouth crimped onto projectile cannelure.
They were packed head to tail in boxes of 50 rounds.
I was told the MF1 monogram indicated a separate annexe at MF, for it’s production, but suspect that to be incorrect. After MG was built, for a very short time MF used MF1 and MG used MF2 as their identifying monograms. Both these headstamps are found (again very rarely) on .303 Ball rounds.
Footscray also produced a small quantity of .32 S & W Short cartridges, between July 1929 and June 1931. Other than a few specimens, I have little other knowledge at this point.
Again, a plain brass case with a copper primer and a lead projectile. The headstamp being M.F .32 at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock configuration.
Official designation was Cartridge, S.A. Ball, Revolver, .32 In. to the best of my knowledge.
Sorry I can’t add more on the latter, but will let you know if my trawling through records yields any results.
9mm will take a little longer, and I’m going to be away for a couple of weeks.