C-I-L Question


#1

While going through some of my stuff which has been packed away for over 20 years, I ran across four boxes of C-I-L .38 Special 148 grain full wadcutter target ammunition, in brown and yellow boxes. I remember buying ten or so of these boxes very cheaply at a flea market back in the late 1970s. I note the boxes have the child warning printed on them, dating them from no earlier than the early 1960s. The headstamps are DOMINION. So, when did C-I-L quit making ammunition? I seem to remember reading that Valcartier (IVI) took over the C-I-L ammunition operations, but I don’t know when.

Back then I was a 3-gun bullseye shooter, and I did shoot up most of this C-I-L ammunition at that time. I do remember that the cases had a propensity to split upon firing, either the first time on on the first reload.


#2

CIL took over Dominion in 1928. In 1976 they sold their ammunition operations to Les Industries Valcartier, Inc. or I.V.I. Both CIL and Dominion carried the “D” headstamps.


#3

While C-I-L did sell their commercial ammo facilities to IVI in 1976, they did retain an interest in a plant that made larger calibers cannon ammo (I cannot recall exactly which calibers). This was kept low profile and I only found out when the US government launched a law suit against C-I-L in the early 1990s following an accident with “C-I-L ammunition” during Gulf War 1.


#4

I should add that C-I-L did not take over Dominion Cartridge Company (DCC) in 1928. DCC merged with a number of companies in 1910 to form Canadian Explosives Limited which became C-I-L in 1927. In 1928 DCC was renamed as the Dominion Ammunition Division of C-I-L.