In my first entry on this thread I confused the Slovak version of HOTSHOT with the TOP SHOT brand and headstamp. The Slovak “HOTSHOT” was actually around in fairly high quantity awhile ago.
The first HOTSHOT ammo in 9 mm Para to appear on the market, I believe, was made in Romania. I have the box label, which is similar to the later HOTSHOT boxes, although the Romanian ammunition itself has a “SADU 9x19 08” headstamp.
The Slovak version has the “HOTSHOT 1 9mm LUGER” headstamp, and I believe it was the one following the Romania effort. The “dash” on the headstamp previously referenced here is actually clealy a figure of the numerical digit “one” complete with the “hook” at the top of the figure, pointing down-left, rather than a dash.
Next IO believe was the ammunition from Bosnia-Herzogovina. It, like the Romania, does not have a “HOTSHOT” headstamp, but rather a standard Igman headstamp with the trademark form of “I” at the top and “9 x 19mm” at the bottom of the headstamp. Again, the box is the general HOTSHOT pattern.
The last to come in was from the Ukraine. Unlike the other brass-case ammunition, it is in lacquered-steel cases with the headstamp “HOTSHOT LU 9 mm LUGER.” The “LU” on the headstamp is in smaller letters than is the word “HOTSHOT.” They stand for “LUGANSK”, the city in which the Lugansk Cartridge Works of Ukraine is located. The last I heard, quite recently, this factory had fallen under the control of a terrorist organization calling themselves the “Republic of Lugansk,” and had not been operating for a couple of months even before that armed take-over due to a suspension of shipments of the bimetal, used for cases and bullet jackets, from Russia, although they were expecting to be operating again in a couple of months. With the situation in Ukraine, that may have been optimistic.
Other than the news from Ukraine, I think all of this information appeared on a previous Forum discussion of the variations of HOTSHOT 9 mm ammo. I do not know of any in this caliber not listed above.