After a recent trip to the Thun factory, here are some news about the new products.
7.65 Parabellum: Production ceased in 2013 despite continued demand. Official shooting would receive a small allotment every year. They would order 5000 rnds and only get 2000. Due to the continued demand RUAG restarted production in 2015. Afer testing, they adopted a new projectile and likely a new powder, similar to the type used for the 9mm Para mod 14. Tests in 2015 were with a 6g / 92 gr tombac jacketed projectile and T 11 headstamped cases. The white box, lot PS 1885, is an example.
The new brand is named Efficiency Line. The box shows a Swiss first leutenant in WW2 era uniform, holding a Parabellum. Great news for collectors, the cartridge has got a RUAG 7.65 Para hst.
7.5 x 55; Mass production of this military cartridge ceased many years ago and some of the tooling was destroyed. It was thought that the existing stockpiles would suffice for many years to come. This is not the case, particularly with the military who still have the MG51 in inventory. There have been some small lots of match ammunition produced but often with some difficulty to restart production due to the loss of the know-how. The great news is that in 2015 production resumed. Two examples are shown: ball and tracer with the headstamp T 15
.50 BMG: RUAG has now introduced an API load. Testing is still on-going and foreign orders have been received. There is limited information available and specimen samples are scarce. For now a picture will have to do. The headstamp is ⊕ T 15
.300 Whisper: There have been some difficulties in the production coupled with a very high retail price. A tactical round is now available.
The pictures will very soon be available, thanks to Paul…
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and don’t forget to travel to St Louis!