I recently had the good fortune to pick up a few 50 rd. boxes of IMI made .45 ACP at a local shop for $5.00 each. Considering the price of ammunition these days, it was a steal. The boxes are typical brown cardboard with black ink stamping and designed to be opened from one end where the flap is perforated. Markings on the side are:
185 GR. MATCH WAD CUTTER
No. 45-37A-2 LOT:TZZ 85E-001-014
On the bottom is:
ISRAEL MILITARY INDUSTRIES
Headstamp on these cartridges is "IMI : 45 ACP : "
At first I thought the dots were SCAMP markings, but they are all in the same location on the headstamps and look like a colon ( : ). The un-crimped primer is nickel plated and has a red annulus.
My first thought was that this was US military contract ammunition because of the box marking style and lot number, but the headstamp and primer look commercial. What do you guys think?
As an interesting side note, back when I was in the military, we still carried the M-1911-A1 pistol on guard duty assignments even though the M-9 was formally adopted and in service. During one “changing of the guard” while checking the pistol and ammunition, I noticed that the ammunition was FMJ wadcutter and made in Israel! Sadly, I do not remember if the headstamp was “IMI” or “TZZ”! So, apparently the US military was using this type of ammunition…