I just received some 9mm UZI boxes with the label decorated to look like a wooden crate. I was surprised to find four distinct variations.
1. What I think of as the “normal” carbine round with a black tip 115gr bullet and a case headstamped “IMI 9mm CARB”. The load type iss identified as No. 9-23A/1. There is no “LOT NO.” printed on the back and the address is:
Manufactured in Israel by
TAAS-Israel Industries Ltd.
P.O.B. 1044 Rammat-Hasharon
2. This is identified as a High Velocity carbine round with a 115gr reddish brown bullet and a case headstamped “9MM TZZ 86”. The load # on the back is also 9-23A/1 but “LOT NO.” is printed at the bottom of the back of the box and stamped after is “183-86”. The address on the back is:
MANUFACTURED IN ISRAEL BY
ISRAEL MILITARY INDUSTRIES
3. This box is identical to box 2. (including the address) except the end identifies the load as the 9mm CARBINE +P. Like the bullets in box 2, the bullets have a reddish brown tip. The headstamp on these rounds is “9MM TZZ 87” and the Lot # stamped on the bock of the box is 118-87.
4. The final box is also like 2. above except the product number on the back is 9-S32A and the end flap identifies the load 9mm Low Velocity. The cartridges are loaded with 158gr blue tip bullets and the headstamp is “IMI 9mm CARB”. The lot number stamped on the back is 149-88 which probably means the ammunition was produced in 1988.
I have a couple of questions.
First, what was the date when the address changed? The black tip rounds in box 1 above have a nickel primer which I associate with pre-1988 black tip carbine loads. The other three boxes have rounds with brass primers so perhaps the primer change occurred pre-86. The style of the black tip carbine box compared to the '86 brown tip carbine box would support this.
Second, what was the reason for changing the 115gr Carbine ball from black tip to brown. I have heard that it was to prevent confusion with a black tip AP round. I doubt this because I have a UZI box with black tip 115gr blts and British contract headstamps (probably production overrun) “IMI L18A1 (+) 98” which was over 10 years after the reddish brown tips were introduced. Was it perhaps that the reddish brown tips identified the “HV” or “+P” higher velocity carbine loads. I have black tip loads with brass primers which could be later than the introduction of the reddish-brown tips, but no boxes to date them. Does anyone have black tip Carbine loads that date from after 1987?
The L18A1 box had past on labels on the end flap “9mm LUGER +P 115GR.FULL METAL JACKET” but the product on the back is"No. 9-18B" so was intended for some other load. I have no idea what this product number represents?
Just as a matter of interest, I also have a black tip load headstamped “IMI 9mm-LUGER+P”. I believe John Moss has the box that may date it.