Lew - Thanks for the clarification on the purple-tipped rounds.
No, my C-P 43 load does not have a magnetic bullet. Looking
at it, the tip color is very faint. There is a chance that it is simply
a ball cartridge with a discolored tip, after looking at it with a high-
quality jeweler’s loop just now. Am just not sure.
Am aware of purple-striped base proofs. I do not have one in 9 mm,
but I do in various other calibers, including .38 Auto (for which I
have the box), .32 Auto, .45 Auto, and .455 auto with both civilian
Kynoch headstamp and E.18 military headstamp from Eley. I am
told the latter is quite rare. I don’t have any round with this purple
strip that I know to be a ballistic standard, or anything else other
than a proof load.
Have never seen any pistol round with the half-purple base, so
cannot comment on them. The same for any British brown-tip
load, a color that I relate only to Argentine proof loads. So, again,
I would have no idea what loading “Brown” represents on a Kynoch
One of the problems with having a mediocre collection in one field.
I consider my British 9 mm collection in that category.
British 9 mm proofs are a strange lot to me, and I often wonder if
they are all legitimate rounds; not that they are not proofs, since
they are so-headstamped, but due to added color markings. Here’s
what I have, all of which have copper plated cases:
RG 55 9MM QMK1Z - Yellow primer seal. (The “K” in “MK” is smaller than the other
letters, and is underlined)
RG 55 9MM Q1Z - Honey-colored primer seal
RG 56 9MM Q,1Z - Yellow primer seal
RG 56 9MM Q,1Z - Orange primer seal (perhaps honey-colored, but darker than my other)
RG 56 9MM Q,1Z - Entire base colored red
K 9 mm - Entire base purple (lower case “mm” in caliber marking)
H^N 44 9 M M Q1 - Doesn’t appear to have any primer seal; if there is one, it is yellow.
Nice to have a better handle on what those Sterling test rounds are, though. Thanks
again. Good info.