I started collecting military surplus firearms and ammo to go with them. My first cartridge related was a 20mm fired projectile that i got around 8th birthday I am now in my 40’s. I came across this site in early 2000’s and i have not left finally got a email and trying to be involved. I really enjoy to see how cartridges are constructed . The work that Kevin Gross and Paul Smith is awesome ! In a sense the most contributing factor was seeing to sectioning work from Kevin Gross on AR15.com that got me researching and I found the IAA and it really got me more interested in cartridge collecting. So thanks Kevin I owe it to you .
I have started searching for what cartridges that i wanted to focus on but I am interested in so much and I can contribute it to all the history that I learn on the IAA forum. I mostly started military 7.62x39, 7.62x54r, 30-06,7.62x25 and 8x57 as to which the firearms that I owned at the time. Soon afterwards I was married and to my dismay a purchase a new to me firearm was no longer in my budget. The thumb came down on me. So my hobby had to change and adapt so I moved on into the cartridge world and I really enjoy alot more . I stayed with the above cartridges and I have expanded to into 223/5.56x39 , Experimental’s, 9mm, obsolete, some inert larger items. But I have always been interested in tip colors and the special purpose behind them thanks to Kevin and Paul for expanding my mind on what’s really going on inside. After more than 15 years of buying and hiding and only displaying one of each new item on the shelf. Which was giving me time to find a storage cabinet, flat file cabinet or such. So as of recently this year 2020 I found the deal I was looking for. Now I am on to trying to identify all of cart’s I didn’t in years past.
Definitely a bad idea I am overwhelmed in cartridges. I am going to stick with what i really enjoy is tip colors and basic production in 7.62x39, 7.62x54r, 7.62x25 and experimentals . Always keeping a window open on some others for trading purposes/ new interest"s.