In one of the last dealing that I had with the late David Hughes, I was given a well worn manila small parts envelope which held the following items.
Two cartridges, one a ball loading and the other a dummy both bearing the head stamp of " SGA FG 223 " Nothing really new or earth shaking by any means with the cartridges but also included is a type written piece of paper with the following statement and the mystery:
5.56 x 45 Chartered Industries of Singapore
Experimental configuration: Base insert and
primer, inserted after powder loading.
Extractor size caused firing problems.
One lot: 500 Mfg in 1972, Cheng Fock Choon
Who is or was Cheng Fock Choon?
The loading’s for Singapore with the SGA FG 223 head stamp were made by a mix of suppliers. Cases made by HP in Austria, bullets and primers by Kynoch in England, the powder from Belgium, loaded by Kynoch. Using the Singapore dating system the letters " FG " denote the year as 1967.
So why is a lot of 500 shown as Mfg in 1972?