I have the following questions about company names dealing with ammunition in Bulgaria. I have not found this information after much searching on the internet.
These three companies are are located in Kazanlak, Bulgaria.
Arsenal 2000: Does anyone know if this company still exists under the name Arsenal 2000 Ltd. or any other form of the name “Arsenal,” and if so, does it still manufacture ammunition, specifically 9 x 18 mm Makarov caliber?
Ballista: Is this firm still in business. Did this firm ever actually manufacture ammunition, specifically 9 x 18 mm Makarov “Bean-Bag” rounds, the same in 9 mm Parabellum, and/or 9 x 19 mm Para ammunition in ball tracer? It is known that some of this ammunition was made for Vertex Ltd, also of Kazanlak, Bulgaria. What is the relationship between the two firms? The Ballista 9 x 18 mm Makarov “Bean Bag” rounds appear to be identical to the formerly-names “STOP Cartridges” from Arsenal Ltd. Does Arsenal still make them, and if so, are thos sold by Ballista actually made by Arsenal?
If Arsenal 2000 Ltd still exists (there website material all seems dated before 2011), do they own either/both Ballista and Vertex? If not, does anyone know the owndership relationship between the three companies, if any? Is it just coincidental thay are all in Kazanlak?
Has any “Ballista” brand CF metallic ammunition of any caliber or loading been seen outside of Bulgaria, or does anyone have any of the “bean-bag rounds” of the Ballista brand? If so, can they report the headstamp(s) here?
Any help given, as quickly as possible, will be appreciated. No guesses please. In this case, I need positive information. Copies of any any documentations (scans, etc.) will be appreciated. I do NOT need scans etc. of non-arms and ammunition information, expecially about VERTEX.