New to group and collecting

I am new to the group here and to collecting. I would like to build a nice collection of .45acp, and eventually Collections Of WW1, AND WW2 ammo. Any advice is welcome

Hello and welcome to the IAA Forum,

If you have not already done so, I would read the “Guide To Collecting Ammunition” found on the IAA’s homepage here:

There are more References on the IAA homepage here:

Also, just one other point… Whatever cartridge you may add to your collection, be sure that you document information regarding that cartridge. For instance, record the headstamp, overall cartridge length, case diameter, shape of bullet, primer type and so on… But of course all this info is located in the “Guide to Collecting Ammunition”.




To add to what RimPin has already mentioned on the IAA home web page ( ) note the events section (cartridge shows held around the U.S. and Europe), and info on IAA membership which gets you the IAA Journal. You can down load a free sample of the Journal and see that it is an excellent publication dedicated to cartridge collecting.

There are a great many threads here on the Forum covering .45 ACP, WW1 and WW2 cartridges. In addition the IAA Journal is full of related articles, photos and notes.

Search the Forum (Search function, upper right corner of the page) and ask questions.


Welcome aboard!!! When you collect, if possible get a photo of the box that your cartridge comes from-ideally all sides of the box that contain information. The box will almost always contain information on your cartridge that you will want to know later on when you are trying to understand the items in your collection. Each cartridge is a piece of history, and the box it a door into that history. Even a blank box may have a story to tell eventually. I wish I had done that, but I am so old that nobody even conceived the idea of a tiny, high quality camera on a mobile phone for most of my collecting years.

Good luck and I hope it is as much fun for you as it has been for me.


I hope to find some of the odd ball ammo. to me the design and construction of ammo is interesting, as well as the recovered bullets. I hate to say it, but I enjoy studying the fired projectiles more than I like shooting them.

If you like design and construction details, then check out the sections (cutaway) cartridges on the old “Cartridge of the Month” section on the main IAA site: