Military cartridge identification - I need a reference book


#1

I need to find a good book or an online source that would help me identifiy military ammunition.
Something that would give good descriptions and have photos of headstamps.

I am thinking of getting a copy of Military Cartridge Headstamps Collectors Guide by Charles Conklin.

Suggestions?

Tom


#2

There is a link to a good book list on the IAA Home page. The Conklin book is not one of the better ones on the list.


#3

Tom–Are you looking for just U.S. Military or world-wide? Are you interested in mostly a headstamp guide to military cartridges or a case type guide? Are you interested in specific calibers such a .30-06, 7.92x57 Mauser, 7.62x51 NATO? There are excellent books on each of these and many other individual case types. There are also several more general guides to military cartridges. Give us some more guidance to what your looking for and we can make more specific suggestions.


#4

I will have a couple of these for sale at SLICS…and more books…





#5

Ron,

I am looking for books to help me identify a few of the loose military rounds that I have come across.
My main focus is NOT military, but I would like to have a decent reference library of military to get me the basics. I have three books on the way…

Military Small Arms Ammunition of the World, 1945-1980
Cartridge Head Guide First Revision by White & Munhall
Military Cartridge Headstamps Collectors Guide by Conklin


#6

THREEDFLYER–While all three of the books you list are good additions to your library (No such thing as a bad addition), I think you are going to be disappointed if your goal is a book to identify case types of military cartridges. The first one is good at telling you what types each country used but has very little for case ID except for a small section at the front of the book. The second one is very good at identifying who the headstamp is, but very poor on telling you what it was used on. I know little about the 3rd one, but I gather from comments made by others that it is not very good.

Here are my suggestions of a few general purpose books to identify military (and other) cartridges:

Huon, Jean. 1988. Military Rifle and Machine Gun Cartridges. Alexandria. Ironside International Publishers. 378p. ISBN: 093555405X (French edition is “collection Decouverte-Loisir-Aventure dirigee par Gerard Courtin”. ISBN: 2851801228 )

Barnes, Frank. Cartridges of the World (Any edition). (Each edition is significantly different in specialised articles). Krause. Northbrook, Illinios. 526p. ISBN: 0-87349-605-1

Lenselink, J. and de Hek, Willem Dirk. 1986. Notes on Small and Medium Caliber Military Cartridges : Vol 1 Cartridges and projectiles in drawings and pictures. Delfia Press. Rijswijk, Netherlands. 201p. ISBN: 9064490503.

Once you get deeper into cartridge collecting there are many specialized books covering just one caliber of military cartridge that will allow you to go further into special load types of, let us say, 7.92x57 Mauser.


#7

[quote=“THREEDFLYER”]Ron,

I am looking for books to help me identify a few of the loose military rounds that I have come across.
My main focus is NOT military, but I would like to have a decent reference library of military to get me the basics. I have three books on the way…

Military Small Arms Ammunition of the World, 1945-1980
Cartridge Head Guide First Revision by White & Munhall
Military Cartridge Headstamps Collectors Guide by Conklin
[/quote]

There is a quote that says “You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover” and this is very true of the book by Conklin.


#8

I find Huons book to be one of the best all rounders for military cartridges.
It does however need to be updated, does anyone know if this is going to happen?


#9

[quote=“craigt”]I find Huons book to be one of the best all rounders for military cartridges.
It does however need to be updated, does anyone know if this is going to happen?[/quote]

There is a newer updated book but it is in French, I have it. I don’t think there is going to be an English version :-(

The photo’s etc are better quality.


#10

Simon–Are you sure that the French version of Huon’s book is an updated version? His book was originally released in French , copyright 1986, and then in English, copyright 1988. I have both versions. What is the copyright date on the one you are referring to?


#11

I would also like to know where to get the updated book by Huon. Though my french is limited to “Où est l’ail?” once you know “cartouche” and “Amorce” you’re good to go :-)
Soren

PS: I have Huons book on the M16, quite a good book btw.


#12

Here’s the front cover, copyright 2006, ISBN : 2 7030 0269 6.

I bought it here :

amazon.fr/cartouches-pour-fu … 85&sr=8-14

Also at:

amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_nos … &x=17&y=20


#13

Thanks Simon, book ordered :-)
Soren