Zimbabwe Defense Industries

Just added a ZI 92 7.62x51mm ball round to my collection. I’ve seen the ZI headstamp on 7.62x39mm before. This was packaged in boxes aimed at the commercial market and appeared in shooting quantities in the US a few years ago. Does anyone know if this style of packaging was used for 7.62x51mm?

Has anyone ever seen ZDI packaged for military use?


Dave, the 7.62x39 cartridges headstamp ZI 97 and packed in Cheetah brand boxes were imported by Vector Arms, Inc. in North Salt Lake, Utah. They were advertised between 1998 and 2005, and during this time it was the only caliber available from them.

This company was established in 1993, which does not necessarily mean that they couldn’t have imported ammunition of earlier manufacture. However, I don’t have any information about other ammunition imported before 1998.