UNUSUAL LATE BANDOLEER OF FRANKFORD ARSENAL .30-40 KRAG BALL AMMUNITION LOADED IN 1916
Hackley, Woodin & Scranton Volume 1, pages 75-76 states that the last Frankford Arsenal production of .30 Model 1898 service ball ammunition was in September, 1907, although noting that production of reloaded ammunition continued and cite a box dated December 1, 1914.
This bandoleer is a standard bandoleer as used circa 1906, but it had four wavy lines stenciled over the usual markings, which included the date of December 4, 1906. The lines had to have been applied while the bandoleer was empty as they flow continuously across the entire face of the bandoleer, with no gaps in the dips between the pockets.
Curious as to what this was, I opened the end pocket, pulling the cloth tear strip which rips the lightweight thread securing the bandoleer at the top seam. When that was fully open, the tear strip lifted out a rectangular piece that covered the bases of the cartridges, exposing the contents. The ten cartridges exposed included eight with FA 11 06 headstamp, but the other two were reloaded cartridges with a line across the base (used at that time to indicate a reloaded case), and dated FA 5 04 and FA 6 08. These were packed in a cardboard insert with dividers.
Then I spotted a “lot card” between the insert and the front of the bandoleer. The card indicated these are “Ball Cartridges, Caliber .30, Model 1898, for Model 1898 Rifle, Muzzle Velocity 2000 feet per second, M’fd at Frankford Arsenal.”
The other side of the card reads: “F.A. BLEND, Nitroglycerine Cal. .30 Powder, Lot 23 of 1916 followed by rubber stamped date of MAR 2 1916,” followed by the loading machine, loader, gauger, inspector and packer information.
The remaining five pockets were not opened but are assumed to contain a similar mix of headstamps.
Does anyone know of later dated FA service ball .30 Krag ammo?
What was “F.A. BLEND, Nitroglycerine Cal. .30 Powder”