Seasons Greetings to All:
Not long ago I picked up this 50 round box of IMI manufactured 9MM Ball. The cartridges are headstamped TZZ 87 9MM. I believe this stuff pre-dates the adoption of the M882 9MM Ball cartridge by the US.
I am aware that IMI supplied other handgun ammunition to US forces (M41 .38 Special Ball, .45 ACP Match and .45 ACP Ball) during the 1980s, but I had not seen any 9MM Ball by IMI previously. In poking around the site I noticed that member DocAV had mentioned in an old post that some IMI produced ammo was procured via the “Offshore Procurement Program”.
Is this IMI 9MM Ball ammunition which was purchased for US forces as well? Was it for use in the early Beretta M9 pistols or was there another weapon that was to use this stuff? Thanks for any input.