Carcano ammo question


#1

What is the significance of a raised “dot” after “I” in SMI logo of the left headstamp? It is not present in the 2nd headstamp. I included the 3rd headstamp to show the same dot present in a different arsenal logo.


#2

The dot in third case is because T.M. are inspector initials. On SMI, I think that is a stamp imperfection.
I suppose tat the two at left are 7.35 and the on at right a 6.5. Correct?


#3

Don’t know, battery died in my digital calipers, cannot tell without measuring, but here is a scan, looks the same (left-to-right sequence is the same as in the photo above)


#4

Vittorio, you are right. Here is an identical artifact sitting on top of “6”. Thanks.


#5

The three bullets on your cartridges surprised me. I had expected true round nose for 6.5mm and a semi-round, semi-point for 7.35mm. Are these modern reloads, the three bullets look identical to each other?

gravelbelly


#6

Sorry to contradict myself, but after looking at quite many SMI rounds, I conclude (amaturishly) that the “dot” to the right of “I” is not an artifact. It is an intentional mark. Compare the upper row with the “dot” to the lower - without the “dot”. I still don’t know what it means.


#7

BTT


#8

[quote=“sksvlad”]Sorry to contradict myself, but after looking at quite many SMI rounds, I conclude (amaturishly) that the “dot” to the right of “I” is not an artifact. It is an intentional mark. Compare the upper row with the “dot” to the lower - without the “dot”. I still don’t know what it means.
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Hi
the three cartridges photographed of side are reloaded and not original
the three relative headstamps with good probability are to refer to three cartridges 7,35 (the 2 S.M.I have in fact flat primer while the B-39 has the curved primer as the 7,35 of that year) and not 6,5 Carcan
As it regards the point on the SMI. it is surely an error in I stamp it of the Headstamp
the only hadstamp WWII SMI with points is the 6,5 Carcano S.M.I 941 brass case & 6,5 Carcano S.M.I 942 steel case

Hi Giovanni