Odd 7.92x57s Ex-Israel


#1

I got both of these 7.92s on a trade with the Israel Army Museum.

Left-Looks like an original loading, GM, 13mm of bullet showing, brass case and primer, green annulus, 70.70mm O/A length, Czech headstamp.
Any idea what loading this could be?

Right-Dummy, GM, 2 case holes. I found this in a “Davidka” mortar round that was adapted to send supplies to beseiged defenders in Jerusalem. Does anyone have the same, or an earlier headstamp on an Israeli 7.92?


#2

John - unfortunately, other than the year 49, I can’t read the Roman Numeral (month-date) on your cartridge. Of course, the date on the Czech headstamp is common, although not with that odd projectile which I have not seen before. My earliest date on a ball round of Israeli-manufactured 7.9 is IX-19 (September 1949). The ball round this early have a brass primer cup with a very dark seal - I can’t honestl tell if it is black or simply an extremely dark blue or dark purple. It is very poorly applied, actuall being one big splotch slight off-center on the cup, and not sealing the primer around the edges at all. My earliest Standard Israeli dummy round is from 1950.


#3

Your eyes are fine, John, those side fields are blank, no lot codes at all.