Recently I picked up a Speer Gold Dot box marked “9mm LUGER SOC”. The story is that it was a special lot made for Special Operations Command, and probably intended for use by the SEALS. Special Operations Command is specifically authorized by Congress to acquire their own material when they wish.
The rounds are interesting to me because this is the only Speer marked Gold Dot load I have that doesn’t have a nickel plated case (as identified from the box label). Although you probably can’t see it in the photo, the case has a slightly unusual sheen to it (almost silky) which is particularly noticable on the case head and the dark/black primer seal has a real shine like it has been coated with a lacquer. Other than the printing regarding the load on the box end, it looks like a commercial GoldDot box.
Has anyone else seen the product number 55036 on other Speer Gold Dot boxes?
Does anyone know what the story behind these loads is??
Even a guess would be appreciated if it is so labeled.