The Red “W” box replaced the Red & Yellow Winchester box in 9mm Luger sometime after March 1959 (date of my last recorded Red & Yellow box). Fede in a previous Forum post http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15917&p=113835#p113835 indicated that the Red “W” box was introduced about September of 1960 (I assumes this is for all pistol calibers) which fits in with the date of my last Red & Yellow box. But my earliest Red “W” box was dated 1966 which leaves a big gap! All the Red “W” boxes I had documented had the Child Warning (introduced in 1962) as illustrated below.
I recently acquired an unusual Winchester Red W box without the Child Warning (shown below) date coded Dec 1961. Other than the lack of the Child Warning, it is identical with all the other Red “W” boxes I have except for the slightly larger letters used in “CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES” on the front label. This box couldn’t have been in use for more than about two years and perhaps less if they continued to use the Red & Yellow boxes after Sep 60 to get rid of them before going to the Red “W”.
This box was also interesting because the rounds have WRA 9m/m LUGER headstamps by Western (see my top post on http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16159&start=0 for a photo) instead of the W-W headstamp in all my other Red “W” boxes.
Has anyone else seen one of these boxes???
Has anyone seen a Red & Yellow or a Red W 9mmP box with the Year Code (first LETTER in the date code stamped inside the box end) that is P through W??? This could help us pin down when the W-W code was introduced on the 9mm Luger cartridge.