Stars used with Hirtenberger headstamps: 7.62 x 51 Headstamp Questions
Josef Motz mentions this headstamp/cartridge in his book Austrian Military Cartridges, Vol. 2 on page 128, section on export cartridges, listing it as possible export to Indonesia. The headstamp pictured in the book probably (the lighting in the photograph makes it hard to tell for certain) has a headstamp with a 5 pointed star at the 9:00 position and a 6 pointed asterisk at the 9:00 position. How this relates to the headstamp described by NATO Dave/Joe (joeinco1), above, with two “stars” in the headstamp is not known. Motz in his book pictures headstamps having two 5 pointed stars or two 6 pointed asterisks or a one 5 pointed star and one 6 pointed asterisk.
I just opened a sealed 20 round HP export box of 7.62x51mm BALL, the headstamps of which fit into the description of the cartridge discussed above. Pictures below, box label and contents:
Brass case, GMCS bullet (magnetic), nickeled primer with green seal, dated (19)79 and the headstamp on these cartridges has a 5 pointed star at the 9:00 position and a 6 pointed asterisk at the 3:00 position.
Does anyone know what the significance is of having two five pointed stars or two 6 pointed asterisks or one 5 pointed star and an asterisk in the headstamp?
Appreciate any information!
I contacted Josef MÖTZ and asked if there was significance to the use of the 5 pointed stars or the 6 pointed asterisks in headstamps by HP for 7.6x51mm cartridges and he kindly replied with the following:
"Honestly spoken: No!
The 5/6 configuration was the usual one.
I spoke to several former employees of HP about this question but nobody knows anything.
Possibly the 6/6 configuration is an old one of the 1950s and -60s.
I believe that they simply did not care, so there is very possibly no special meaning of all the configurations…