Great to have the Forum back in business!!!
Thanks Chris. Well Done!
I am working on an article for the IAA Journal on the German Red & Black plastics through 1945. The article is near complete but a few questions remain and I have been waiting for the Forum to come back up to see if the members can help.
• Does anyone have documentation of how these Plastic Ex rounds were used by the German Army, Navy or Luftwaffe??? Apparently they were part of the Military Gunsmiths tool box along with some other early tools, but I have no firm documentation on this.
• Has anyone seen these plastic rounds illustrated on German military training charts??? I have seen a number of these charts but they all seem to illustrate the nickel plated metal Ex rounds, not the black and red plastics
• Is there any evidence of use by the German Navy??? I have found the title page of a Luftwaffe document on the 7.9 but not the document itself.
• There have been reports of these nts rounds dated 1945. Can anyone confirm this round?
• Has anyone seen aux, byw or dnb plastic Ex rounds dated after 1942 in either 9mm or 7.9mm??? Also interested in ay or lpk items dated after 1943.
• Does anyone have photos of sectioned Ex rounds (white background preferred) or x-rays. The base/core construction on these rounds differed by manufacturer and over time. Any images of the base/core structure would be very welcome. Please include the maker and date of the round if known. Otherwise an image of the remaining head would probably allow us to identify them.
• I have box photos of the ay 9mm and 7.9 Ex rounds and of the lpk 9mm rounds. Other box labels are pretty scarce and would be appreciated.
• The article will not only include the 9mm and 7.9x57mm rounds but also the 7.9x33mm, the 7.9x94mm and the 7.9x107mm. Anyone who has any information on these last three, please post it or send it to me.
• If you have any other items, information or specimens that you think might be of interest, please post it or send it to me on an email.
Am on a bit of a tight schedule to get this done so please post sooner rather than later.
I am not including the post-WWII DDR black plastic Ex rounds in this article.