I got a 7.92 Mauser round headstamped “PC 40 IZ” at SLICS. This was made on contract by Greece for the UK for use in Besa tank machine guns.
The round has that dull yellow acid washed look that alot of Israeli battlefield pickup rounds have. Don’t some rounds also have that look from being tumbled in sand?
Is there any chance that some of this ammunition could have found its way to Egypt after WW2, been captured in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war (or from another source) and then sold as surplus onto the US market? Perhaps some of it even found its way to Israel in the pre-statehood years. It also could have been left behind by the British when they left Palestine, or left in Egypt after WW2. Who knows?
It has probably gone from Greece to the UK to (possibly) Egypt, then Israel, to the USA, and now back to the UK into my collection.
Have rounds with this headstamp ever been seen in boxes known to be Israeli battlefield pickup or surplus?