Unknown ( for me) .40S&W cartridges


#1

I recently received a number of .40 S & W cartridges with different tip colors.
I was told that they are made in the USA.
Problably the one with the blue tip is incendiary and the blue tip with red band an incendiary-tracer. The meaning of the other colors was unknown.
Can anyone give me more details on the meaning of the color codes and the manufacturer.
Thanks in advance.


#2

While not able to contribute with anything; thank you for sharing, these look very interesting!

tennsats / Ole


#3

Those are by either ELD Enterprises, or Northern Arizona Munitions, or a combination of the 2. I know that item 2 is a sky burst tracer typically associated with ELD. The red tip is a red tracer, white tip is a white “daylight” tracer, green is a green tracer, blue is incendiary, and blue/red is incendiary tracer. Guessing early to mid 2000’s vintage on those ones, but both specialty loaders still produce ammo like this today.


#4

I don’t think up to the quality of Northern Arizona Munition’s work, judging from the color tips.


#5

I think Hi-Vel used to buy these from either N.A.M. or ELD and repack them in variety packs, and I think ELD did this as well. I was thinking the blue/red Incendiary-tracer and purple skyburst were ELD for sure, and they probably all are.


#6

Thanks for the information. I understand there would also a smoke variant. Can anyone confirm that. And if so what tip color should it have??

Thanks,
Richard


#7

I hadn’t heard or seen of any “smoke tracer” per-se, but the skyburst variety with the purple tip would explode at a preset distance with a flash of smoke and sparks.


#8

I have a purple tip that was made by Clark’s Custom Cartridge of Kentucky and it is suppose to be a Incendiary, in a Winchester case.


#9

Those ones from Clark’s Custom are a newer (since 2010 roughly) product where he chose purple tips to stand out, as if to imply a greater effect than typical blue tips. His are like super-incendiary loads, but not fused bursters.