Another box that turned up recently. It is empty.
The box has no address, but a number of apparently related companies operated in Sacramento until about 2008. Their retail outlet was the Old Sacramento Armory on 2215 J Street. the Import Arms Co. was in business at this same address until the late 1980. The Pacific International/ARMEX/Inter-American Import Co. also operated at this address in the mid-1980s and later the Pacific International Merchandising Corp. shared the address with the Old Sacramento Arsenal. Finally, a shotgun forum had a post about a Spanish shotgun marked “pacific international importers”.
What is interesting about this box is that the yellow label is pasted on top of a printed label that says “CENTENNIAL ARMS CORP.” The label seems to read as follows, but one line I can’t make out but is probably NON CORROSIVE BOXER PRIMED.
CENTENNIAL ARMS CORP.
9MM LUGER-95GR FMJ
WARNING: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
MADE IN USA (I think)
The black bar across the top of the label is distinctive. It also occurs on the only other Centennial Arms box I know of.
This box is loaded with Amron made 115gr loads, apparently for military use. The headstamp on this ammunition is “9MM” at the top and “LUGER” at the bottom. I also have this headstamp and load in a blue and white Amron box.
The two labels are clearly different, and the quality of printing on this label is much better than that under the yellow label.
It is also interesting that Amron produced a load with this same headstamp using a 95gr short blunt “Hemi” FMJ bullet. My example has the “9MM LUGER” headstamp mentioned above.
Does anyone have a box like the one with the yellow label that has the original bullets in it?
Does anyone have a Centennial box like the one under the yellow label?
Does anyone have some clearer information on the Pacific International Import Co???
Any help appreciated.