More RF tool blanks ID (.25 Cal)


#1

I have three .25 Cal RF tool blanks in CWS cases headstamped “S” (See below). The case length is.389" / 9.86mm.

This is from the site “municion.org” which says it was made by “Smith & Wesson Ammunition Co., de Rock Creek, Ohio”. Is this correct? I always thought these were French. They came out of the box of a French stud driver tool I saw for sale. I have (presumably) green (Low), yellow (low/medium), and blue (medium) power levels.


#2

Falcon–They are NOT S&W. They are French. S&W never produced tool blanks of any caliber for general use. They did provide .22 Short Tool Blank cases for Ramset Fastener Systems, but, to my knowledge, only 1 run was ever made for evaluation tests. These were brass Gray load level.

Smith & Wesson did put .22 Shorts and Long Rifle in nickel plated cases on the market in 1974 with a small “S” headstamp. These were made by Cartuchos Deportivos de Mexico, S.A., Cuernavaca, Mexico.


#3

I thought that these were French, and probably not S&W. Now that leaves the question of who actually did make them.


#4

Falcon–Most likely it is the following,althrough yours is not exactly the same. This drawing was done about 1985 and they may have changed makers for their cartridges. But I feel confident it is the same distributer.


#5

So Manufactured by Winchester for the French company. Mine are on CWS not brass cases, But the calibre and headstamp matches.


#6

This tool blanks are known here as “SPIT” cartridges, an acronym from the initials of the Copany’s name.

Philippe


#7

But isnt “SPIT” only the distributor, not the manufacturer of the blanks. It says Winchester manufactured the brass cased ones, but I need to know if they also made the CWS ones that I have.


#8

Falcon–As far as I know SPIT is only a distributer. I doubt if Winchester made the CWS cases, but can not say for sure. I would guess they were most likely made by RWS.


#9

I thought it unlikely that Winchester would have manufactured the CWS cases. RWS could be a possibility, an Eastern Europen Combloc factory also crossed my mind.