Today for Christmas I received Gerd Mischinger’s two books on the DDR ammunition factories. It will be a while before I can get my German language skills polished up enough to fully appreciate the information they contain. I’m impatient, so I have to ask a few questions!
It appears that the 7.62x39mm cartridges with Hirtenberg headstamps (HP)were actually made in the DDR by the “05” factory. Is this correct?
The 5.45x39mm hollow point cartridges headstamped as being made by “RWS” and sold under the RWS/Dynamit Nobel label were also made in the DDR?
In both books there is apparently no mention of the solid black plastic dummy/exercise cartridges. Were neither factory involved in the design or manufacture of these cartridges?