Forensic - interesting information. I wonder how 1903 production of a 7.65 mm Browning-caliber blank (I can’t picture the material of the bullet in my mind) in 1903 squares with the 1926 Patent about which Fede spoke. I checked my blanks. I was disappointed when reminded by my collection that I did not have the “white wood” blank in FN case in caliber 9 mm Browning Long. A big hole in my collection of that caliber! In 7.65 mm and 6.35 mm, I have several types in FN cases. In 7.65, I have two FN headstamp variations in what appears to be a composite material “bullet” that is about the color of jeweler’s rouge, for those familiar with that substance. Kind of a “used brick” red color. I also have those like Lew’s picture, that appear to be some sort of wood fibers pressed together. I have one in each of those two calibers that appear to have the texture of wood, but are red in color. Then, I have a red projectile and a black projectile in loaded 6.35 rounds that I assume are blanks, but look almost like plastic or wax even, similar to the hard wax bullet rounds from Geco in Blank and, as I recall, tear gas as well. They are in FN cases though, and I assume they are either FN manufacture, or Marga. The 6.35 mm blank at the right has a white paper bullet. The case is unheadstamp, but has a distinctive set of six (6) square primer crimps that circle the primer. I was told it was Belgian when I got it, and I cannot dispute that without documentation proving otherwise. Missing from the picture is the 9 mm Browning Long, which looks much like the 9 mm Browning Short that is pictured, with a plain wood bullet most likely loaded by Marga.
Do you have any photo, forensic, of the round you described dating from as early as 1903. It is the appearance of the material of the projectile I am interested in, so the precise date of manufacture is not important to this question. The headstamp would be of interest, however.
Fede - any comments here? I am, as I think my question shows, now thoroughly confused about exactly which variation of projectile(s) constitutes a Marga “Tir en blanc?”
Bulleted-Blank cartridges, all in FN cases with one exception, noted below. There are variations in my collection of some of these types, but the projectiles are the same - they vary only in headstamp lettering and primer cup shape and material.
Top Row, 6.35 mm Browning, left to right: Marga type with plain wood bullet, as also show in entry by Lew Curtis with the box label; Black wax-like bullet (could be plastic - difficult to tell); Red bullet that appears to be plastic, although it could be hard wax as well; white paper bullet. This round is unheadstamped, with six large, square, equidistant primer crimps that take up a large portion of the head. It was supplied to me as being Belgian, and as there are many unheadstamped Belgian rounds, without documentation such as a box label, that cannot be disputed.
Middle Row, 7.65 mm Browning, left to right: Marga plain wood bullet blank, second one probably the same, but with different bullet ogive; wood bullet colored red; last one has a composite bullet, or so it appears, a brownish red color.
Bottom Row, 9 mm Browning Short Caliber: Marga plain wood bullet blank.
Missing from the Marga blanks with plain wood bullets is the 9 mm Browning Long, which is the only other auto pistol caliber I, personally, have seen from Marga.
Collection and Photo by John Moss