Unknown .303 Britisch head stamp


#1

This fired case was found in east Africa.
Need some help identifying this head stamp.

Thank you,
Dutch


#2

According to Peter Labbetts book your headstamp is for the Indian government factory Dum, Dum. It was situated five miles from Calcutta. It used a variety of headstamp codes, ususally but no always in conjunction with the Indian Ordnance mark I ^ (broad arrow). The separate code letters ‘D’ ‘N’ ‘S’ and ‘DF’ were used. So your round is a MK VI ball round made in Dum Dum in March 1911.

My only query is that it looks like tinned brass, is this the case?

Ian


#3

Here is a brighter image. This was a .303 Mark VI Ball cartridge made at the Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, India in March, 1911. I do not know what the “N” means, but this facility used the following code letters: D, N, S and DF


#4

I believe the code “N” stands for the Northern Circuit and “S” for the Southern Circuit for the Indian Army inspectors. These were inspection areas, but how it quite worked I have not yet fathomed.

Whether there were two production lines at Dum Dum, one for each army inspection area I do not know. It is something I will try to get round to researching one day.

Regards
TonyE


#5

Thank’s all for the identification.

Dutch


#6

So, what does “D” and “DF” mean? Maybe “Dum Dum” & “Dum Dum Factory”?