FC 08-headstamped 40 S&W


#1

The contents of the last box of Independence-brand 40 S&W I examined are quite interesting. The box was the same size as its Federal counterpart, contained a Federal tray, and sported Federal Lot No V48Z636 (24 Aug 2009). Five randomly-chosen cases from it, and given to me with the box, are headstamped “FC (over) 08”. Two of those had minute (less than the thickness of a hair) circular metal shavings – the same diameter as the primer – springing up around the primer. I rarely observe a similar phenomenon when I’m seating primers. I’ve also previously observed “FC 09” 40 S&W cases.
First: Who is the “FC 0x” ammo made for? They’re obviously not the normal made-for-civilian-market cases.
Second: Two of the five cases left the factory in less than perfect condition – a rather high percentage, and they’re 2008 production in a late 2009 box. Altho the term “scraping the bottom of the barrel” comes to mind, it occures to me that this ammo wasn’t first quality.


#2

My guess would be the US Coast Guard, which adopted .40 S&W pistols a few years ago.

Perhaps they are rejects from USCG contracts?


#3

In addition to the “FC (over) 08” and “FC (over) 09” cases, I now have a single case headstamped “FC 10 (over) 40 S&W”. Should I continue presuming its for the Coast Guard?


#4

I’d say so. I am reasonably sure Federal got the contract for the Coast Guard’s purchase of .40 S&W, and I can’t think of any other reason for the military-style headstamp. I haven’t heard of any other military purchase contracts for .40 S&W ammunition, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some. I have quite a bit of information on the USCG’s adoption of the .40 S&W, but I’d have to find it. All of the support work for this program was done by the Navy (Tim Ream) at NSWC-Crane for the USCG, and I seem to remember that there was a paper presented by Crane at one of the NDIA Small Arms meetings about that.

Could be that your ammunition was a Federal production overrun or maybe did not meet USCG inspection requirements and was re-sold. Could be many other reasons.

I think there were two different .40 S&W USCG rounds type-classified, both having 155 grain bullets - one FMJ and one expanding. I have no idea how the USCG ammunition is packaged. Does anyone have an example to post?


#5

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#6

I have some of these FC 0x headstamped cases. They were found in an italian shooting range where some american embassy personnell use to go


#7

On other forums I read that the primers on these cases were crimped. Are the primers on your cases crimped? None of mine show any indication of being crimped.


#8

No, there is no trace of crimp on the primers