As mentioned on the thread concerning a feature found on the headstamps of some Chinese 7.9 x 57mm rounds, I am opening a new thread regarding Chinese .45 rounds. My friend Joe will be posting some pictures to go with this when he has time, and the captions will pretty much tell the story as I know it.
I did not elaborate, in the captions, on variations of the cartridges with the two main headstamps, alluded to previously as “divided circle with a smaller circle in each half”, which since I can’t reproduce the symbol here will be shown as “Headstamp One” and “square in circle” which will be represented as “Headstamp Two.”
10 36 .45 - GMCS RN bullet, brass primer with green PA.
11 .45 36 - Different headstamp information order. Arsenal symbol missing. Mottled spot indicates a broken bunter is likely. Same cartridge characteristics as above.
1 .45 37 - Back to headstamp order of “11 36”, Same characteristics as others, except that the primer is entirely coated with green lacquer.
2 45 37 - No visible dot before “45”, same characteristics as above except that there is no primer seal of any kind.
6 .45 37 - CNCS RN bullet, brass primer with a gold-colored PA which may be darken clear lacquer.
7 .45 37 - GM RN bullet (non-magnetic). copper primer with no visible seal.
7 .45 37 – GM RN bullet, variant with a black neck seal. Copper primer with no visible seal.
37 .45 11 - GMCS RN bullet, copper primer with black PA
3 .45 38 - Headstamp information in different order. GMCS RN bullet, copper primer with no visible seal.
38 .45 6 - Return to headstamp order of first listed, GMCS RN bullet,
copper primer with purplish primer seal.
Note that I am reading all of the above headstamps clockwise, beginning with the Arsenal Symbol.
There are many variations of unheadstamp .45 that we know to be Chinese from their source or characteristics. They are outside of realm of what we are trying to accompish here.
I hope that this, coupled with the pictures and caption-information to come, are of some interest.