Color Codes for 50 Vickers from Canada


#1

Does anyone know how loadings were distinguished on Canadian made 50 Vickers from the WWII period?

I’ve got these two rounds and can’t tell what the loadings are:

h/s “44 TR”, gmcs projo, brass case, brass primer. Is it ball of semi ap?

h/s “43 TR”. gmcs projo w/blue/red/green tip, brass case, tin primer, black p/a.

Thanks,
Dave


#2

Three Rivers produced some non standard loads in .50 Vickers.

If your first one has no tip colour I think it will be ball, but perhaps one of our Canadian friends can confirm.

The second should be armour piercing incendiary tracer according to the colour codes (or possibly semi-AP). This load is unique to Three Rivers as in Britain incendiary and semi-AP tracer were loaded as separate rounds.

Regards
TonyE


#3

Hi Tony,

Thanks again for the great information. Can you point me to the reference that describes these color codes. I’d like to try and find a copy!

Best Regards,
Dave


#4

For details of primer and bullet tip colour codes on British and Commonwealth ammunition I will point you immodestly to my web site.
sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/colour-codes

Regards
TonyE


#5

Fabulous Tony!

I should have thought to look here.

Thanks,
Dave