I’m trying to fill out a collection of pistol snap caps and I have hit a wall with trying to get a few of the snap cap variations which originate in Italy. (scroll to bottom of message for pics of snap caps). Wondering if any Italian collectors can help since these are inert non-ammo and might be able to ship?
What I have been able to discern is that the company Omniaplast out of Senago- Milan, is the source manufacturer for many of the red plastic snap caps that we see around the world, and these are distributed to a vairety of other buyers through the export/import firm “The Four Company” - TFC-srl. They also do a few aluminum snap caps, but not nearly as many as the red (blue in Pachmayr’s case) plastic variety.
The list of snap caps coming through them with unique brand markings that I know of is:
Omniaplast plastic (their own brand)
Omniaplast aluminum (their own brand)
TFC - (The Four Company’s default distributed version - nobody gets these)
Armsport (became Triple K)
Triple K plastic
Triple K aluminum
Stil Crin (red anodized aluminum)
Stil Crin (plain aluminum with writing)
Beretta (without brass base cap?)
Unknown blue aluminum
All of the red plastic ones are basically the exact same thing except for the printing of the brand name on the side. The aluminum ones come in red, and plain aluminum color with different markings, and Pachmayr has their plastic one in blue.
I am having trouble finding the original Omniaplast & TFC marked ones in plastic and aluminum as these seem to only be available in Italy, and the very few sites that sell these only ship to address in Italy. The Stil-Crin brand I have only seen on some Australian & New Zealand sporting goods sites as well as Beretta’s Australia site for some reason, but these originate from Italy I assume? The Australian & New Zealand sites seem to either be out of stock on them, or else will not ship out of country… The Beretta brand snap caps (which look weird without the brass base cap) are found only from Beretta’s Italian site Beretta.it. Does anyone have a line on buying these where they can be shipped internationally, or does anybody in Italy collect these? I mostly look for 9mm since I want pistol calibers, and since it seems to be the most commonly available one.
On a side note, I know there is also the Azoom brand, but these look different and are not made by Omniaplast I assume? It looks like domestically the Azoom and CSMC brand are the same thing.
Omniaplast blister pack:
Stil Crin plain aluminum:
Stil Crin red aluminum:
Beretta’s snap caps:
The Stil Crin blister pack above resembles the default packaging that comes from The Four Company. Most resellers who have their name put on the snap caps will use their own brand-marked packing, like Tipton or Triple-K.
I see that a few Italian retailers are also selling these blue aluminum ones:
http://www.ferraioli.com/catalogo/884-salvapercussore-9x19.asp - a brand name is not mentioned but I assume it is from Omniaplast?
Thanks for any insight - Matt