In the course of another topic; German Stripper Clips the discussion veered away slightly from the original topic and I thought it might be useful to set out a timeline for the various types of charger (or stripper) clips used to load the German 7,9x57 military rifle. I’m not at home at the moment and the hard-drive I have with me isn’t all I have on these clips but I hope this is useful.
All dates are approximate.
Original type, two piece, nickle-plated brass with a steel spring. 1898-1909
Two piece, unplated brass with a steel spring; 1909-1914
One piece, stamped brass without separate spring; 1914-1915
One piece, stamped steel without separate spring; 1914-1915
Two piece, zinced or phosphated steel body with steel spring; 1915-1918
Two piece, unplated brass body, steel spring; Weimar production dates between 1929-1934
Two piece, brass or steel body, steel spring, various surface finishes; Initial manufacturers codes 1934-1941
Two piece, steel body with steel spring, various surface finishes; Later manufacturers codes 1940-1945
Embarrassingly the only Government Arsenal produced un-plated brass body clips I have all have holes in the spring … something that’s not registered with me before.
As usual, there are lots of anomalies as well as manufacturing variations that were brought in to save time or materials … but this is the basic framework to hang the story upon.