Yellow-tipped FN 7.92 x 57mm


#1

What type of load is this Belgian 7.92mm from 1939? Any suggestions as to who it would have been made for?


#2

incendiary


#3

Thank you!


#4

Hi Jim,

Here’s a couple of pictures of one that I sectioned years ago…

Regards,

Paul


#5

I believe the yellow tipped incendiary from FN are phosphorous filled while the more often found blue tipped one is chemical filled.

Tony


#6

Hi Tony, that was certainly the case with Belgian .303 rounds, light blue for chemical incendiary and yellow for phosphorus, but I don’t know if that also applies to this calibre. As far as I can tell the yellow tipped rounds date from the late 1930’s while the blue tipped rounds are from the 1950’s so perhaps it was just a change of colour code. Paul, can you comment on whether your sectioned round was chemical or phosphorus? Thanks for posting the photo.


#7

Jim, the soldered side port makes this one here a WP smoke tracer as it was designated in the UK.
This design will exlcude a “chemical” incendiary type.


#8

Excerpt from Small Arms Ammunition Identification Codes, Vol. 1, Color Coded Bullets, Part II, Gold & Yellow, page 93 (Scranton)-

Brian


#9

Alex, I hadn’t noticed the side port in Paul’s photo…definitely phosphorus! Brian, thank you for taking the trouble to dig out the relevant extract from Scranton’s book.


#10

Hi Jim, yes I think you’re right and the colour change would make sense of those yellow tipped Belgian AP you see around…although I think they were for contract to another country.

Tony