Alex - Remember, my friend, the famous Darra is in a province of Pakistan, although the Pakistani Govt. barely
rules there. It is a city of gun makers (ammunition as well) that specialize in copying any firearm one wants, from old British Muskets up to 20 and 30 mm cannon. Mostly small arms. I have some Darra-reloaded 9 mm Para rounds in my collection, brought back from there by a friend 30 years ago. Some of the shops there have improved their machinery quite a bit since then, although we would look on all of them as pretty primitive. I don’t know the name of any specific shop in Darra, if they even have them, but there are many. Darra copies of Russian weapons, especially the Kalashnikov and the Makarov are very popular now. I have a Darra-made Makarov in almost new condition, and recently acquired a stripped slide, obiously from the same maker, with a serial number only about 20 numbers different. The pistol has a very good rendition of Soviet markings found on the pistols from Izhevsk, and recently there was argument among people familiar with the Makarov but not with Darra that the guns in question were Russian. They are not.
I also have an unfinished brass .32 auto case that was to be a cartridge completely made in Darra. It was brought to me about 15 or 20 years ago by a San Francisco Police Officer friend who at the time, was on leave working with the CIA in a field in which he was expert. He was the only SFPD Officer that was also a fully credentialed (with badge and ID card) Philippine police officer as well. I wish it had been at least a finished case, but it was interesting as well.
The unfinished .32 case and the headstamps and a couple of cartridge profile pictures of the reloaded 9mm rounds are in an article I wrote “Cartridges from Darra, Pakistan,” on pages 2828-29, IAA Journal Issue 422, Nov/Dec 2001,
in case anyone is interested in seeing it.
I would wager that at least 85% of the ammunition, especially with spurious markings and other than that made by the official Pakistani Ordnance Factory (POF), made in Pakistan is made in Darra.