SLICS was excellent as always with some interesting items showing up, including some I need help on.
The first is a dirty old Dutch blank box, one of three below. The other two are blanks supplied the Dutch military by FN and NWM. It is the third box which captured my attention. Who is “MRP” supplying blanks to Holland in 1968???
I have never heard of MRP nor seen the code on a 9mmP that I recall. The boxes are empty but would love to know what kind and headstamped blanks were in the MRP box.
The next questions deal with two items that came to me for SLICS and one I found in the meeting.
Far Left: This at first glance looks like a normal emp load from 1942, without a primer. First, the lack of a primer could be a manufacturing defect, but this is extremely rare in German WWII 9mm. It could be that the primer was removed, and a close look inside the primer pocket shows a thin line around the inside of the pocket so this is possible but there are no marks around the rim of groove where a a primer puller was fitted. The strange part is that there is no powder and no core in the bullet. As it stands it weighs 68gr. any of these three conditions could be a manufacturing error, but not all three on the same item. The bullet has a German ogive and a magnetic jacket so it looks WWII German. Looks like someone put together a bullet jacket and a case. The overall length is 29mm where German loaded rounds of the period were around 29.6mm so it is slightly short.
Has anyone seen anything similar in German WWII items, for example 7.9. It may have been intended to look like a loaded round but be inert for some training or display reason. I have no idea on this item.
Middle: A tinned case with what appears to be a loaded primer by Kynock in 1960. When I first saw it, I thought “Aluminum case” but it weighs far too much to be aluminum and is non-magnetic so I suspect it is tinned brass though I haven’t made that comparison yet. I have Kynoch dummies in 58 and 59 with a similar hst but these have no primers and the case finish is different. I suspect it is some kind of experimental and that is not unreasonable from the source. Tony E or anyone!!! Any idears???
Far Right: A subcaliber of some sort, but I’ve not seen one like this. 27.6mm in length. The rear hole is 7mm and the front is 4.54mm. There is a very slight shoulder about 3mm from the base and another larger shoulder at 8.36mm. I suspect it is German but have nothing but a gut feel which is often wrong.
Has anyone seen this subcaliber? Does anyone know anything about it?
Any assistance or ideas on these four items would be greatly appreciated.
PS: Thanks to Vic E and to all the rest who put on SLICS and the related events like auctions and seminars who make it such a great event.