Col Hal Burkett commanded the European Foreigh Small Arms Team during WWII. He assembled the first MP44s out of parts found just after D-Day and wrote the first Allied assessment of the MP44. He was also the first into the Walther plant, the day before it was “liberated” and the P38 collectors know that story.
In the late 1940s or early 1950s, he was assigned to the CIA and eventually retired from the Army but continued to work for the Agency. He worked closely with Frankford Arsenal on a varity of small arms ammo and he was the originator of both the Mod 1.1 Carbine load (special bullet for improved terminal effects) and the light bullet 7.62 NATO load, both developed specifically for use by smaller statue Asian soldiers. The Mod 1.1 was to improve the stopping power of the Carbine so it could be used is the primary weapon and the light ball 7.62 was intended to make the M60 easier to control by SE Asian soldiers.
The NATO and Pre NATO loads pictured are from a can of odds and ends that Col Burkett had. Most of the NATO rounds without primers were in 5 round clips and appeared to be intended for some kind of display. The Aluminum case rounds look like they had primers removed, but the steel and brass case rounds look like they were never primed.
I know almost nothing about these cartridges so any advise would be helpful. I’m particularly interested in the unusual (to me) headstamp on the blank and the two Pre-NATOs on the far left. I recognize that the 2nd from the Left is the T70 dummy.
Note: The seven rounds on the right are on the top row of headstamps. From the right, the first three rounds are steel case. Cartridges 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 are all aluminum case. I’m told that the Match headstamp on the aluminum case was to try to use as many letters as possible on the headstamp to see if it workhardened the case head.
Total weights, from Left to Right:
14-174gr, 13-319gr, 12-227gr, 11-148gr, 10-67gr, 9-262gr, 8-150gr, 7-150gr, 6-196gr, 5-394gr, 4-319gr, 3-235gr, 2-289gr, 1-237gr