Last weekend I went Christmas Shopping on the Midway website looking for new 9mmP. Decided to pickup the four boxes shown below.
The COP box (made by RareAmmo in Louisiana) is entirely new to me. I had the ASYM in 45 ACP with a great ASYM headstamp so I bought it hoping for an ASYM headstamp in 9mmP. The Black Hills STEEL CASE was also new, and I expected a Russian headstamp but hoped that Christmas luck would deliver a BHA headstamp on a steel case. Finally, I was out of Grissly Extreme dupes and decided to buy another box, hoping to get a Grizzly headstamp for Christmas, inspite of the odds. Anyway, the boxes are nice and all go into the box collection except the Grizzly.
What I got were generic Starline headstamps in three of the boxes and in the Black Hills box, a big surprise. The gray lacqured steel cases are headstamped “HMC 9mm LUGER”. I didn’t expect to find Russian made Hornady cases in a Black Hills case. These have a 115gr RN HP bullet instead of the Hornady 125gr Truncated HP.
Does anyone have any ideas why BHA is using Hornady cases. Perhaps the Russians had a large production overrun they sold to BHA cheap, or perhaps Hornady had lost of excess cases. The box is marked “American Made Excellence”.
Has anyone seen an ASYM headstamp on a 9x19mm case???
Never know what you will find when you open a new box, but too often it is Starline generic! Still, I hear that there is a new headstamp “ARMSCOR USA 9mm LUGER”. I will go looking for it today! Always the optimist.
Cheers, and Happy Holiday!