Over 40 years ago, I found my first RG hst 9x19mm Soft Point (cartridge on right below dated 1959). I was told it was a manufacturing error that occasionally turned up in boxes of RG 9mmP ammunition. The cause was reportedly that after the lead core dropped into the GM jacket, the two got turned upside down and the press process that formed the bullet resulted in a SP load.
Since then I have found two more of these RG SP loads with military headstamps. One is dated 1955 and the other (in rough shape) dated 1963. In all these years of collecting, I haven’t encountered another “accidental” SP load with a military headstamp by any manufacturer at any time over the 100+ years the cartridge has been in production. The fact that I have collected three of these rounds by RG implies one of a couple of things.
First, the RG bullet machine design was uniquely poor in that it allowed these accidental SP bullets to be created in the first place. Secondly, it implies that the RG quality control process over at least 15 years was poor enough that it missed these SP rounds with some regularity. I have not noticed other recurring production defects in RG 9x19mm production.
Alternatively, it could be that these “accidental” SP loads are not actually accidents at all. The UK faced some interesting problems during the mid-50s to the mid-60s in places where the ban on SP bullets would not be relevant.
Has anyone else examples of this type round, military with SP bullet, by RG or any other manufacturer.
The only thing similar I can recall are the DWM loads, pre-WWI, with truncated HP bullets and military headstamps. I strongly suspect these were intended for use by the German Colonial Forces which were under the Foreign Office and totally seperate from the Army, except that the officers, and perhaps some NCOs, were drawn from the Army. These DWM HP rounds are found in sufficient quantity that they were clearly not “accidental”.
Thoughts and theorys welcome. Facts treasured!!!