Headstamp ID?


#1

I found this pic amongst some Libyan Rebel photos and it shows a belt of what looks like either 30 cal or 12.7 ammo. It’s hard to tell without anything for scale, but the headstamp is partly visible on a few of them. It definitely has 2 stars - one on the left and one on the right, and what looks like an “81” and then perhaps “SB”, “SMI”, or “SB-T”? I can’t tell, anybody recognize it?


#2

It is 12.7mm as those are DShk links, but I can’t help much on the identity. Like you, I have tried playing with the picture and the best i can come up with is Factory 188 made in 81.

Regards
TonyE


#3

Thanks Tony - I couldn’t tell if they were B’s or 8’s, but being 12.7 would tend to narrow it towards Russian stuff in this case, so 188 it is.


#4

My first thought was 188.


#5

Same headstamp on a 12.7 x 108 fluted dummy:


#6

The belt is not DShK but NSV-12.7

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSV_machine_gun

I also go for Russian made 12.7x108 by 188 (LVE, Novosibirsk).