Remmeber the days when you were fiercely loyal to one brand of ammunition or another, convinced that it was the best? Winchester was Winchester, not sometimes Sellier & Bellot ( a compnay that is really owned by CBC of Brazil). You didn’t have to count the dots to know who made the cases, and you knew from the headstamp who made the ammo. Boy, are those days gone.
Some recent “box lot” purchases" for my collection:
Herter"s Brand .380 Auto - packaged as “Herter’s”, sold by Cabela’s who owns the Herters name, but with their name no where in evidence, and distributed by USSG, Rockledge, Florida, whoever in hell they are. One box showing ammunition made in Indonesia, and headstamp “TP PIN” for the Pindad Arsenal, and another box of a different lot, same box, same caliber, same load, marked made in Russia and headstamped with the standard Ulyanovsk headstamp.
RWS Brand. Many boxes of different calibers and loads purchased. All boxed as the RWS Brand (a well known German company, Rheinisch Westfälische Sprengstoff). All boxes except .45 FMJ shown “Made in U.S.A.” Shown on the side as offered by RUAG Ammotec USA, the American branch of a Swiss Firm. The .45 with Frangible bullet is so marked; the .45 FMJ is shown as made in Hungary, but with the identical “RWS” headstamp (including letter size, style, etc) and with a little MFS trademark. Two different boxes for 9mm Parabellum 50 Grain Frangible bullet. Both “Made in USA.” One box called sport line has a “P-A” headstamp (Precision Ammunition) but still with the Ruag USA appellation on the box. The other is the Non-Toxix line, with RWS headstamp, again sold by Ruag-USA. By the way, the web address on the box for RUAG USA is www.rws-usa.com ??? Hmmmm! By the way, both the Sport and the Non-Toxis line show the load as the “Copper-Matrix NTF.”
A nice box of Precision Cartridge Inc. .38 AUTO ammunition. O.K., right? Headstamp is “GRAF 38 AUTO.” Are we confused yet?
Today, a nice box of 9mm Luger 115 grain FMJ I haven’t seen before. Black box with silver print and a brown line across the top showing “50 cartridges” printed in the line. Where is the Matrafem Sirouk name? Who knows. Shown as imported by RUAG Ammotec USA, this time with no website, but with a Tampa, Florida Address. That information is right next to “Made in Russia” Yes, I said Russia, not Hungary. Headstamp is the new Barnaul with the Cyrillic version of the initials BPZ (Barnal Patronniy Zavod - Barnaul Cartridge Factory). Unlike Barnaul’s own offering with this headstamp, though, the cases are zinc-plated instead of Lacquered. Arghhhhhh!
Oh heck, why not. I see that we can’t produce enough 5.56 ammo anymore at Winchester and LC - Winchester has to have at least some components made in Israel, the Czech Republic, and somewhere else that slips my mind from the last thread. Thanks to our Government - bellicose but still willing to shut down the arsenal system to the point we can’t supply troops with enough ammunition “Made in the USA.”
Instead of a catalog, maybe all the ammo makers selling ammo in the U.S. ought to have a program showing what company REALLY made the ammo. Sure can’t tell by a quick glance at the boxes anymore.
O.K. Enough of my rant.