As promised, here are photos of some Yugoslav auto pistol-caliber boxes from Prvi Partizan. I will try to give a very brief explanation of each picture, of which there are seven in all. Most of the boxes are self-explanatory and need only very brief captions.
These are not the best pictures I have done, but I think they will serve our purpose here. I did them in kind of a hurry, because of the amount of time it took me to find them in my cabinets (by caliber, not by country) and get them out. I knew it would take longer to put them back. It always does when I take a lot of boxes out at the same time.
I missed a couple of Tokarev boxes, but the styles of those boxes happened to be repeated in other calibers pictured, so I chose not to do them as another picture. I also ignored Hansen and Company boxes. My Hansen boxes of Yugoslav origin would have almost doubled the number of boxes shown and the number of pictures needed. They are common boxes and I think most of us are aware of the general style.
Caption, Picture One, five boxes:
these are boxes with ammo marked with the old code of “11” with the exception of the top row, right, which is my earliest Yugo auto pistol caliber box, with headstamp FOMU 35. This plant became Prvi Partisan. The other two in the top row are 7.65 Browning and 9 mm Browning Short caliber with Arsenal 11 headstamps. The bottom row are various style of 9 mm Para. I had another box style, but with faint labeling stamp, and to use it and make it legible would have ruined the picture, so I omitted it.
Caption, Picture Two, 12 boxes:
These boxes are all from the era when they were using the Western Alphabet “PP” and “PPU” headstamp. Notice that the top row of boxes show two of the three styles of “PP” Logo from Prvi Partizan. None have the company name on the box, but the logo’s identification is proven by a catalog which shows one of the three existing styles next to the name “Prvi Partisan Yugoslavia.” If it is desired by anyone that I show the third style, which is on the side labels of some boxes, I will make a separate photo of it on demand and post it later.
Caption, Picture Three, five boxes, all .45 caliber:
These .45 Automatic-caliber boxes span the production of Prvi Partizan through the PP, PPU and nny periods, and show military and commercial-styles.
Caption, Picture Four, three boxes:
Three military box labels for the 7.62 x 15 mm Tokarev. There are probably many more, but this is all I have.
Picture Five, 15 boxes:
Here is an assortment of commercial and contract-style boxes most of which contained ammunition with the “nny” form of the Prvi Partizan name. “9 mm Kratiki” means “9 mm Short,” the .380 Auto cartridge. The other ones that just show “9 mm” are for caliber 9 mm Parabellum. The small, 50-round box at the lower left of the picture, bottom row, is for the special headstamp ammo made for Sherwood International Export company, with the headstamp bearing the initials "SIEC: along with other entries. These cartridges, although appearing to be live ammunition, are almost all inert dummies. Little live ammo was made before the contract was cancelled. Primarily inert samples arrived at Sherwood, in South California.
Picture Six, seven boxes, all blue & black:
These are the most current commercial boxes we have seen in the United States. They are self-explanatory.
Picture Seven, 13 boxes in all.
Her are a group of boxes for various brand names, but with ammo all made by Prvi Partisan, and with only two exceptions, headstamped with Prvi’s “nny” markings. The top left box is another SIEC box I found late and inserted as an after thought.
The Wolf boxes, while the Russian company, have “nny” headstamps. PPU will not use another company’s headstamp unless the order is paid for in full prior to the beginning of set up and production. Hence, non-Prvi headstamps, but made by them, are not prolific! There are boxes made for the Eduard Kettner Company, an Abericrombie & Fitch type organization of fine stores selling many products made by others but under their own name. I don’t know who sold the “Lignose” brand, a resurrection of a very old German brand name that used to use an “L” headstamp. The small white box for 25 cart. 90 mm Para Ball have an “FC” headstamp and reportedly were made for México. Why the box label is in English is beyond me, if the Mexican connection is true. The bottom two boxes are interesting. Both were made for FNM of Portugal by PPU in Serbia. One has the “nny” headstamp while the other has an “FNM” headstamp. Cartridge characteristics of both are pure Prvi Partizan.
That’s all I have to offer. A good glance at Yugo boxes but not a fabulous collection. Please forgive any typographical errors here. I have done this in a hurry. My Pardner (You ain’t a cowboy if you say “Partner”) Joe will post it when he can, and he is not responsible for any errors that are here, I am.
Photos, Collection and Text by John Moss