Not my field at all, any help please?
Diameter = 9.84 m/m
Length Case = 19.05 m/m
Length O/A = 28.65 m/m

I can just make out the 9 m/m and a 43 but the B*** fools me!

Thanks Mike.

Not sure of the diameter but I have B arrow E 43 and 44 dated 9mm’s.
Could it be a 45 dated example?? Still very unclaer inphoto.

Almost certainly a 43. a 5 would have a vertical line meeting the curve.
Manufacture at Blackpole. Britain

Thanks Ron/John.

John, now you have said that I can realize that the part after the B is the MOD arrow head but still can not get my head round what is next, a “z” maybe?
Blackpole, I forgotten all about that one all gone now underneath a trading estate. My local ROF is now a housing estate and factories, all new of course. There used to be about 7,000 people worked there in its heyday …

I see it has to be a 3. I only have B^E 43 9MM headstamp.Also B^E 44 9mm and B^E 44 9MM 11Z in my collection. Does the 11Z exist for the 43 date?


OK, I can see that it could be the bottom and middle bar of the “E” that show.


The 9 mm headstamps from Royal Ordnance Fctory Blackpole that are known are:

B^E 42 9 M/M (also known with dates of 1941, 1943 and 1944, all expressed with the last two digits).

B^E 44 9 MM IIZ (Known only with the “44” date).

B^E 45 9 MM 2Z (Known only with the “45” date).

B^E 45 9 MM MK 2Z (Known only with the “45” Date).

Differences in bunter font have been observed on the earlier dates of this headstamp.

Reference: “9mm Parabellum Headstamp & Case Type Guide, Volume I, Headstamps
A - F” by Lewis E. Curtis III. My own collection does not contain any basic “BE” headstamps not shown in this fine work. Please note that the character “^” shown above represents the British Broad arrow, which I cannot reproduce here.

John Moss