South African .50 BMG headstamp


#1

A fired .50 BMG case stamped “97 15”, Brass, primer annulus polished off. Can anyone tell me more?


#2

The headstamp format looks South African to me, with the top entry being the date and the bottom entry being the model and mark, so to speak.


#3

South Africa did come to mind actually, as they are the only ones that use Eastern-Bloc style headstamps the opposite way up. Would “15” be Mark 1, .5"?


#4

Eastern-Block used Factory code and year. The South-Africans as said above year and model. 1st figure gives the projectile type and the second it’s modification.