In a recent thread I showed the different headstamp styles used for National Match ammunition over its history. It’s only appropriate to show the bullets. This was posted a couple of years ago but is worth repeating.
U. S. National Match ammunition was first manufactured by Frankford Arsenal in 1908 for the two-year old Cal .30 M1906 cartridge. Except during wartime, and a few years when the Matches were cancelled, National Match was made by Frankford, and by Lake City, until 1996. Some consisted of selected lots of standard issue but most of it was manufactured specifically for match use. During that time, no less than 10 different bullets were loaded. Match ammunition became a testing ground for new bullets, especially during the 1920s when 5 different designs were tried. Some bullets, such as the M2 Armor Piercing, were used in only one year while others, specifically the M1 Type, were loaded in 25 different years. A history of the ammunition itself can be found in IAA JOURNAL issue #471. Shown here are the bullets.
- 150 Grain CN 1906 Uncannelured, 1908 - 09
- 150 Grain CN 1906 Cannelured, 1910 - 19
- 170 Grain CN, 1920
- 170 Grain CN Tinned, 1921
- 170 Grain GM 6 Degree Boattail, 1922 - 23
- 172 Grain GM 9 Degree Boattail M1, 1928, 31 - 40
- 172 Grain GM 9 Degree Boattail M1 Type, 1924, 25, 27, 29, 30, 57 - 81
- 168 Grain GM M2 AP, 1951
- 152 Grain GMCS M2 Ball, 1952 - 56
10.168 Grain 13 Degree Boattail Sierra International, 1982 - 96