While setting up a cowboy shoot today at our local club, I picked up some loaded ammo dropped by police or IPSC shooters. Among them, I found two headstamps I had not seen before.
One is a .38 Super from Armscor of the Philippines, headstamped “AP 38 Super RL” - I do not know what the “RL” means. I wonder if it started its commercial life sold as NUPE brass for reloaders, and the “RL” means “Reload or Reloading?” I don’t actually know what it means. First time I have ever seen these initials after a caliber on any ammunition.
The other is a .223 with what I am sure is meant to be a NATO mark at the 12 O’Clock position and the date “04” at the 6 O’Clock position, without any manufacturer’s identifier on the headstamp (it looks like Federal brand ammo, though, and was found among headstamps “FC 223 REM” and “FC 05”.) Under a magnifying glass the nato cross actually looks like 4 dotes in a circle.
Joe will be posting a scanned photo of it soon.