I have wondered it this was by Kobus du Plessis who also makes the Impala bullets (I’m told). I have two confirmed dummies by Kobus (the two in the middle below) which have a different bullet ogive. The Kobus with the very small primer cavity is apparently a very early dummy and most production had the much bigger cavity. The unknown dummy (on the far right) has no cavity for a firing pin. More significant perhaps is that the unknown dummy has a significantly different bullet ogive from the two Kobus dummies. The groove dimensions and the treatment of the casemouth are also different.
On the far left is a red anodized aluminum South African dummy reportedly made by Thor Engineering. The unknown dummy seems to be closer in shape to the Thor dummy, but the extractor groove is still somewhat different.
Clearly the unknown could be by Kobus, but it is not obvious.
Will, I don’t have an address or even a town for either Thor Engineering or Kobus du Plessis. Do you know anything about either? All I have on thor Engineering, who also makes scope mounts and rings, is that they are “east of Pretoria. Contact Charmaine on 012 - 8020294” from a Forum. On Impala I found the European dealer for Impala bullets who offers them in 9mm Para among many other calibers.
[quote]53 9 mm Parabellum 90 grs 5,8 g KS 50 91,80
LS=Leicht Solid RN=Rundkopf,abgeflacht KS=Kegelstumpf-Drückjagdgesch.
Impala - Hochleistungspatronen
Impala Europa-Mag. Helmut Eller, An der Wehr 23, A-2440 REISENBERG, Austria
Tel.: +43(0)2234 809 32, Fax: +43(0)2234 809 324, impalabullets.at
I could find the website for the South Africian company (impalabullets.co.za/home.htm) but no address.
Any info on where these two companies are located would be useful.
On another note!!!
Just got a note from a forum member on the center dummy. The truned brass dummy with the orange grooves came from “NZ Ammunition Co”. The owner is Craig Bamber and he is also the designer of these dummies. Apparently they were also made in 5.56/223.
Their web site is (nzammo.co.nz/) and they deal in commercial and Law Enforcement/Military products. There is no mention of this dummy round but it looks like something they may produce.