FA 52 7.62x51


#1

I have a round of 7.62x51 NATO headstamped FA 52 with a silver bullet tip. I don’t have any info on NATO stuff, but it sounds early to me. What exactly is this and is it at all special?

edited to say FA instead of LC.


#2

Hendere

That would be a rare cartridge indeed.

The first T65 LC cartridge that I’m aware of is LC 54, and the first NATO headstamp is + LC 55. Are you positive of the details? Are you positive that it’s not a reload on a cut-down '06??

Got a photo?

Wanna trade or sell??

Ray


#3

Hendere-I would agree with Ray that you either have a VERY rare cartridge or something strange is going on. The silver tip is a Armour Piercing Incendiary bullet. I have this load in a Pre-NATO round headstamped “F A 49”. It is a FAT1E1 case (49.5mm–1.949 inch).

We need more details and hopefully a picture. Please measure the case length to confirm that it is 51.1mm. What are the details of the primer?

Just a small point, but it is technically only a 7.62x51 NATO when it has the NATO symbol, otherwise it is just a 7.62x51 or .308 Win. And all of these with dates before 1954 are PRE-NATO. The NATO countries agreed to adopt the T-65 7.62x51 cartridge as the NATO standard in December 1953.


#4

I’m an idiot. The headstamp is FA 52. It is a little over 51mm long.


#5

Hendere

A good cartridge, none-the-less. It’s a T101.

Ray


#6

Thanks Ray!