Bakelittfabriken plastic blanks in Spain


#1

These blank cartridges in 7,62 x 51 were the first ones to be adopted by the Spanish Army. Circa 1973 they were prohibited for use in machineguns, being suspected of developing extra high pressures that lead to the breaking of barrels. This suspicion led to the banning of the use of wooden-bulleted blanks with blank firing attachments, too.

The machine gun then in service in Spain was named MG 42/58, and was a Spanish version of the well known German gun.

After the banning of these cartridges, called “the Norwegian ones”, Spanish switched to the khaki-coloured DAG plastic blanks, and later to the Oramil products.

Note that this cartridge corresponds to the 1956 Lars Ringdal pattern, except for:

  • The primer pocket is Berdan in the patent, and

  • The aluminum tube is tapered at the end in the patent.

The steel base piece is found in either dull aluminum-coated steel or copper-washed steel. They have a small raised numeral in the lower part of the plastic case.

Cheers,

Schneider.



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#2

There was also a red plastic blank in caliber 9 mm Largo, as well as a blue plastic short range in the same caliber, the latter probably made by Dynamit Nobel Actiengesellschaft.


#3

Yes, I recall the 9 Largo blanks: red body, brass head, domed nickel-plated primer. They were not of the Ringdal design.

The blue short range cartridges in 7,62 were by DAG and so headstamped.


#4

Neither the Red Plastic Largo blank nor the blue plastic Largo short-range rounds had headstamps. Not that it applies here, but there was also a red plastic 7.62 Tokarev blank from Norway, brass base, nickel primer, reportedly made for Finland.