I have a 9mmP that came out of Paraguay headstamped “IMP 88”. There is also a headstamp “IM” that may be associated with Paraguay, but that is harder to pin down.
There is an arsenal in Paraguay that has been in operation off and on. It is operated by the Directorate of Military Material (DIMABEL), and is located in Piribebuy, Information is pretty fragmented, but it appears the factory was set up or re-quipped with German (IWK) machines in 1955 (www.abc.com.py) and equipped by FN in the mid-1980s. Then in the mid-1990s the facility was re-equipped by FAMAE (Chile) and produced the “F D” headstamp indicating FAMAE-DIMABEL. In the late 2000s the factory was again reactivated by the Belgian firm EDB Engineering and their representative in Paraguay, PROEL Engineering. This information is from the DIMABLE website in 2010. Subsequently from Janes “December 2010 DIMABEL began to produce 7.62, 5.56 and 9 mm munitions after more than 10 years of inactivity.”
The source material rambles a bit and seems mostly to talk about the various VIPs associated with the effort. I suspect the facility has been there a long time since there is even passing mention of an American machine from 1917.
If anyone has found a good account of this facility, please share it.
Below is a photo of their F D headstamped 9mm repackaged for commercial sale. Also a photo of a SMG reportedly made in Paraguay.