Ray - Well, I stand partially corrected. Being a Winchester fan, I am prone to use the old designation rather than the names Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation or Olin Corporation. Since the Western branch of W-W is not, to my knowledge, operating, it is, of course, Winchester by default. Originally, lot numbers were show as “WRA #####” on Olin Mathieson Boxes, but in recent years, those lot numbers show “WCC #####.”
“NATO INFANTRY WEAPONS STANDARDIZATION,” a publication of the Weapons and Sensors Working Group, Land Capability Group 1 - Dismounted soldier, of the NATO Army Armaments Group, shows the code WCC assigned to “Olin Winchester USA.” Unfortunately, this document is not dated, but it is very current, since it shows “GGG” assigned to Lithuania and “RG” as assigned to BAE Systems Radway Green. It also refers to other reports with dates as late as 2004.
If someone knows if the “Western” name is still be used on anything at all, please post it here. I am of the distinct impression that it is pretty much a dead issue. Fairly recent copies of a NATO list published by the Dutch Navy still shows the “Western Cartridge Company” name for “WCC” but frankly, I think this is an error simply caused by continuing an entry, perhaps not atune to the coporate situation involving Olin, Winchester and Western.
Why “WCC” was chosen to continue as a headstamp code over “WRA” I cannot answer. I don’t have a complete list of NATO-assigned initials; I wish I did. It is possible that WRA is assigned to someone else for some other manufacturing purpose than ammunition. I don’t know that. Just wondering out loud why they didn’t drop “WCC” and keep “WRA” for Olin, since the factory now operates, I think, solely under the “Winchester” brand name.
All that said, it would have been more proper for me to say that “WCC” is the Code for Olin Corporation, even in light of the referenced publication by the NATO Army Armaments Group.