This morning I received an interesting email from a Forum member (Valikas) with some information on Lithuanian arms factories. I did some research online to supplement what he sent me and came up with the following:
Linkaičiai artillery manufactory: Produced 7,92x57 in the 1937-1940 period for Lithuanian army, cases were marked with “K” for “Kaunas”, sometimes - “VR K”.
Metalas factory in Kaunas: Produced ammunition-this may be bad info.
Giraitės ammo factory: Began producing ammunition in 2000 with the GGG headstamp. has produced 5.56mm and 7.62NATO, mostly for sale within NATO. Also reportedly has made 7.62x39mm
In 1938, Lathuania ordered both 7.65mm Browning and 9mm Para pistol ammunition in some quantity from Bayard Arms in Belgium (I wonder what the headstamp was and who made it for Bayard)
I think all serious 9mmP collectors have a cartridge in their collections
These cartridges are usually loaded with a truncated WWI style bullet with a base stamp “DM” indicating they were made by DWM K (at least the bullet, though the entire round looks German to me). There is also other evidence linking these rounds to DWM. Three dates are known, 35 5, 36 4 and 39 4. Could DWMK have produced the ammo for the Bayard contract documented and earlier Bayard contracts for Lithuania??? Lithuania adopted the 9mm Browning pistol in 1935 so the dates match.
I also have some 7.92x57mm that was sold to me as Lithuanian. Headstamps (right to left, tip to bottom) are: “L 39 D 1”, L 40 D 12",
“K 18 32” and “A 38 D”
I also have somewhere a pre-WWII Kynoch drawing of a rifle cartridge marked as being made for Lithuania and something on the drawing implying the “K” on the headstamp indicated Kaunas instead of Kynoch
I looked in Labbett book on military ammunition 1945-1980 and he makes no mention of Lithuania, Lativa or Estonia which makes sense since they were all part of the USSR at the time.
I can’t recall hearing anything about ammunition made by or for Lativa or Estonia.
I do understand that Estonia had no Army in 1940 when they were occupied by the USSR, but they must have had a police.
There must be more information out there on the ammunition made/used by these three countries.
I should know if any of these three ever procured Luger pistols, but I don’t.
Lots of smart guys on the Forum. Please add any information you have on the ammunition factories, ammunition procurements, ammunition specimens or any other relevant information on the history, arms or ammunition of these three countries!