Well, its me again! I just spent some time researching both Korean numbers and the
Korean alphabet, and will change my mind again. Based on what I found on the net, and
there are dozens of sites showing the Korean numbering system and alphabet, all of which
I looked at showed the same characters. this should be the letter “S”.
There are three forms of Korean Numbers in two basic categories. The two categories are “Native
Korean” and “Ordinal.” Native Korean is used to express numbers of items (quantity) or age. “Ordinal"
is used to express dates, money, addresses, phone numbers, and numbers above 100. Numbers in sequence
like serial numbers are usually expressed in Arabic numbers (our system), but sometimes"Hanja” is used for prices. I couldn’t discern quite where “Hanja” fits into the above two categories.
That marking on the Tokarev cartridge cannot, in my opinion, be a “7” in any of those. It resembles the number
"8" in “Hanja” a little bit, but that character has a flat top - it does not come to a point - sitting on two curved
However, in the very simple Korean alphabet, it is almost identical to what every set I looked at shows as the
The question is, some of you guys have lots of N. Korean cartridges in .32 auto, 7.62 x 39 mm, etc. Why don’t you look at them and see if the top character is normally a number in any of the Korean systems, or is it a letter from
the Korea Alphabet? I have almost no N. Korean cartridges or I would try my own collection, but the sampling would be too small to be meaningful.