I just found this box of ammo at a local dealer. I’m not holding my breath it is something rare and I shall be able to retire from the proceeds, but I am just plain curious. I was going to attach a photo but find no provision to do so. Perhaps I haven’t posted enough; I mostly read here.
The box is a very ordinary brown cardboard irregular hexahedron. It is bound with what appears to be a pre-made label tape with the following legend:
(Main body of printing all centered on tape)
(British Broadhead Symbol - I don’t have a character for it)
(Hand stamped date:) 30 MAY 1967 A
P.A.S. (in smaller font, left justified)
Obviously, it is the Mk 7 version of British .303 rifle or machine gun ammo. I found a site on line to decode “P. O. F” into Pakistan Ordnance Factory (Rawalpindi, Pakistan). I can assume the date on the box - hand stamped - is the manufacture date (to be precise the date this lot of ammo and in particular this box was released for shipment) and the purple ink circle with number in the upper right hand is the inspector’s number (if my experience with buying underwear is any guide). I understand the “Mk 7” and the Broadhead mark.
What does “C. I. A. §” mean? I’m sure it’s not a big secret, but I don’t know.
The P. A. S. probably means something as well. Please.
And finally, is it worth keeping in the box without opening? Or is it ‘ordinary enough’ to open so I can display the individual rounds?
Thank you very much.