There is a .45 Auto-caliber cartridge with headstamp “USCCO 07” which was made by the United States Cartridge Company, of Houston, Texas, USA. The current United States Fire Arms Manufacturing Company’s on-line catalog shows that this Hartford, Connecticut firm now offers ammunition under the name “United States Cartridge Co., A Division of U.S. Fire Arms Co, Hartford, Connecticut” with the added note “Made in USA.” They also offer other calibers that seem to be geared to those with Colt Single Actions and other older revolvers, including .32 New Police, .41 New Police, .38-40 WCF, .357 Magnum, .32-20 WCF, .38 Special, .44 Russian, .44 Special, .44-40, .45 Schofield, .45 Colt, .45 Auto (2 loadings)and .22 LR (2 loadings). One of the .45 Auto loads is standard 230 grain hard ball, and the other is a 200 grain SWC-Lead bullet loading. The latter, along with some of the more modern calibers, appear to be geared to Cowboy Action Shooting, which now encompasses a Wild Bunch Match where Colt/Browning-Type .45 autos are used. The name “Colt” is conspicuously absent from the “New Police” loads, probably since it appears there is no love lost between Colt and USFA.
This brings up several questions:
Does anyone know what headstamp they are using? From the calibers, it is a good bet Starline is selling the brass for them, but with what headstamp?
Does USFA now own the Texas firm US Cartridge Company? If so, is it now in Connecticut or still in Texas?
Is this US Cartridge Company the same company as the Texas company at all?
Boxes by the way are very similar to some old, original U.S.C.Co. boxes - very old-fashion in style, with circled “US” as the brand shown on the top label.
Any information on this arrangement, including history of the Texas company, would be appreciated. While we knew about the .45 Production in Texas, and have a cartridge sample in the collection, the information about USFA’s involvement with this onld brand name was found only today, on their website while searching for some gun information for another inquiry at hand.