What does this headstamp mean?


#1

I have 7mm round that came from my grandfather. It was in a box of 7mm Winchester Super X soft points I got when he passed in '95. This round has a headstamp, sectioned into thirds, that reads F N 34. I tried to google it and found few sites but really couldn’t find much more than it was either Belgian or Spanish. No mention of a F N 34 anywhere. The cartridge is brass case and has a pointed magnetic bullet with no copper wash on it. The primer has what appears to be a blue lacquer sealant around it. This came with a number of other oldish rounds, like a green paper Federal shotgun shell (I’m just guessing they probably made those into the 70’s/80’s). Anyways I was wondering if someone could help me identify where it came from possibly. Thanks for reading this, any help is appreciated.


#2

Your cartridge, or at least the cartridge case itself, was made in 1934 by Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, Herstal, Belgium. It was, at one time, not only a very important firearms factory, but also one of the major European ammunition factories. They sold their military ammunition, by contract, all over the world. I am sure one could, if they wished, make a very large cartridge collection out of nothing but F. N.-made ammunition.