This is a continuation of the thread re Winchester hs that led to a discussion re DWM and then NWM. Here are some notes about NWM which are incomplete and I am sure that some European collectors can improve upon:

"The history of the Dutch company NEDERLANDSE WAPEN- EN MUNITIEFABRIEK DE KRUITHOORN B.V. (NWM) at s’HERTOGENBOSCH appears to have been confused by a number of authors.

According to Ian V. Hogg (‘The Cartridge Guide’); NWM was the successor to the ARTILLERIE INRICHTINGEN (AI) company. He also states that NWM became EUROMETAAL NV and that they ceased the production of calibres below 0.5in in 1978. According to Erlmeier & Brandt (“Manual of Pistol and Revolver Cartridges : Vol 1”); in 1961 the shares of NWM were acquired by IWK (DWM).

However, according to Dutch sources, neither of these pieces of ‘information’ appears quite correct. What appears to be more correct is the following:

NWM was founded at s’Hertogenbosch in 1948 as a family company producing shotshells. From 1953, NWM produced both military contracts and also sporting ammunition for the SPEER Corporation in Idaho.

A fire in 1958 caused the company to relocate. Orders were increasing and production of the 7.62x39 (7.62x38) begun in 1959.

In 1961 the company needed more capital to finance a required expansion program. NWM was reorganised as a stock company and the German company DWM (IWK) became the main stockholder in 1961. DWM and NWM had a close working relationship and NWM made cases for both Speer and DWM on contract in the 1960’s.

The NWM s

Roughly correct.

DWM never really went out of business, the company was restructured a number of times and ammunition production was given up. The core company still exists today, operating under the name of ‘KuKa’ in Augsburg, Germany.

NWM took over several resources of Artillerie Inrichtingen / Eurometaal in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Commercial manager of NWM was Henk Visser, a well known Dutch collector. Another claim to fame of NWM was the production of barrel steel for the Mauser Parabellum pistol.

Eurometaal came into life as the privatized follow-up of Artillerie Inrichtingen, which was a state owned arms and ammuntion plant originally. Same company, different label.

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For those interested in the earlier history of DWM.

The company was originally formed in 1896, by it’s owners, the Ludwig Loewe & Cie. of Berlin by combining Loewe’s arms branch with the Karlsruhe ammunition company they had taken over (Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik). Loewe also tranferred it’s shares in Mauser and FN (Belgium) and in the Waffen- und Maschinenfabrik AG in Budapest.

Until 1929, DWM remained part of the Loewe group. In 1929 DWM became part of the Quandt group.

In 1963 the conglomerate used the brand names of:
IWK, PELS, MfM, Mauser Spezial, Schaerer, DWM, COMET, NWM, Mauser and OTNIMA.

Most of this information comes directly from the company histories of these companies:
1869-1929 Ludwig Loewe & Co AG Berlin. Published in 1929.
50 Jahre Deutsche Waffen- und Munitiosfabriken AG, published in 1937.
Geschichte der Mauser-Werke, published in 1938.
75 Jahre IWK, published in 1963.


Thank you for honoring my request. This is exactly the sort of thing I needed, and perhaps others as well.

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