Raufoss 7.65 mm Mauser


#1

Some details of the 7.65x54 mm Mauser ammunition made by Raufoss in Norway for Bolivia during 1933-35.


#2

Was this an exhibit at the US congress hearings on the arms trade?


#3

Yes, this is from the Seventy-third Congress, 1934.


#4

And here is one cartridge from the contract. 1932-1935 dates are known to exist.

morten


#5

Morten, thanks for the picture. The “last order” described above is in fact for cartridges made in 1932.

I have seen ball cartridges in all four dates, do you know of any other loading?


#6

Is it so that S S in the headstamp identify cartridges from this contract?


#7

It may seem confusing, but the “S S” letters indicates a “S” flat base bullet weighing 10 g. These cartridges were never loaded with the “SS” boat-tailed bullet.


#8

No, I have never seen nor heard of any other loadings than ball. Have you ever seen any boxes for these cartridges?


#9

Morten, sorry, I have never seen any boxes.


#10

OK, thanks. The cartridges are quite uncommon in Norway, as all of tjem were obviously exported…


#11

These are quite scarce here too and the rarest are the Argentine made blanks with natural wood bullet found loaded in cases dated 1934 (knurled cannelure added). A very small quantity must have been used here which was probably captured by Paraguay and then given to the Argentine Army.