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.
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