Falcon - your P A C .38 Special case was made by Polytech Ammunition Company, of Minden, Louisiana, U.S.A. They were interesting in that ity was the first completely minority-owned ammunition company in the U.S.A. The company started up in 2003 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Never could quite figure out why the Agriculture Department was involved. They appear to be out of business, unfortunately. I have heard rumors that they are trying to reorganize the company, but for certain they are not currently producing. I hope that they are able to make a go of it eventually. The quality of their ammunition was very good, but unfortunately, the polymer-cased ammunition, from any company and in any caliber, runs into very stiff competition on the ammunition market. It is really not significantly cheaper that brass-cased ammo, at least at the retail level (I have no idea concerning the relative manufacturing costs), and of course, there is no salvage in the case - it is not reloadable, so the buyer loses that “bonus” if he is a potential reloader.
Regarding IAA Membership, I urge you to accept Ray’s generous offer. I will paraphrase something I have said before on this forum - when you buy a cartridge, you learn about one cartridge; when you buy a book (IAA Journal), you learn about many. We all have budget restraints in our collecting, but I have often chosen not to make a cartridge purchase in favor of buying some new book on ammunition. None of us will ever get every cartridge we would like to have, but we can get the information to enjoy them vicariously, anyway.
By the way, Ray, thanks for your nice comments, even though I didn’t write an article on plastic ammo in general, but only on NATEC. You gave me food for thought, though, about an article on plastic-cased auto pistol ammunition. Will have to look into it.