Rwa & smi usa


#1

Turned brass cases often found in British large bore obsolete case types headstamped RWA USA and SMI USA,

Who made these & in what state (address)? Seems they were on the market but for a short time & not all that long ago.

Also If anyone has experience using either these please shoot me an e-mail & please tell me your opinion of how good they are. Thanks

I think RWA is Red Willow Armory, but may be wrong.


Bertram Headstamp and SMI Headstamp ID's
#2

Pete,
I believe you are correct on the Red Willow Armory. I have an old card that came with some 45-100 Sharps cases that has a company logo and address if I remember correctly. I will check when I get home.

Zac


#3

Pete, the turned cases headstamped SMI USA were made by Stevi Machine in Stevensville, Montana. It seems that their first case was a .45 2.6’’ basic advertised in mid 1990.

In 1991 SMI changed its name to Red Willow Armory and later to Red Willow Tool & Armory, although in some cases both designations were used concurrently.

In 1993 they went out of business and the company was reorganized in Cody, Wyoming as the Rifle Works & Armory.

In late 1996 or 1997 their new designation was Gain Twist Barrel Co. (Rifle Works & Armory.)

In 1998 the company moved to a different address in Cody and again changed its name to Ballard Rifle & Cartridge, LLC.

In 2007 they moved to Onsted, Michigan, where they still operate as the Ballard Rifle and Cartridge Co.

Regards,

Fede


#4

Thank you gentlemen,


#5

Pete,

Here is that Red Willow card and the headstamp on the cases.

Zac


#6

Very neat Zac, thanks much.

Looking at the lot & serial numbers one would think they were churning it out by the double handful’s.