A collector friend has described to me a 20 round original German Packet,
holding Two 10 round clips, of what seems to be 7,63x25 C96 cartridges, with the 120 degree headstamp as Above, The packet label is in German Fraktur, and he could decifer “Selbslader Pistole” and not much else.
As the “S” and tripartite dates are an early Spandau Arsenal (GewehrFabrik)
headstamp, is this an official Imperial Issue ammunition in the pre-WW I days???I do know that Mauser was vying for the German Army Pistol contract, at about the same time that the Pistole “08” (Luger) was adopted; could it be a trial run by Spandau to make Trials ammo for the trials C96 Pistols ( NS–New Safety" Type???)
Has anybody come across any similar “S” marked 7,63x25 C96 ammo (I know DWM (DM) made the majority of Commercial 7,63 ammo, but did any of the Imperial factories make any as well? or is this just a “one off” run (a) for trials and (b) to see if they could make it.???
I will have the Packet to examine next week and can scan and send a Print of it…the Fraktur printing seems to be similar to a “Military” type packet Label, from the description…over the phone.
Ah, the expectation!!!
Any info gratefully received.