Posted 29 July 2003 - 08:56 PM
Many of us have participated in exhausting the recently re imported 45acp ammunition from Russia. I have used up about 10 tins and would open the boxes and transfer the loose ammo into GI cans for use. In doing so, I discovered that the ammo was packed up or down in alternating rows and when the top was cut from the box I could view half of the head stamps. Curiosity got the better of me and I started putting an example of each headstamp I encountered into a compartmented plastic cartridge box; this is what I ended up with.
W.R.A. 45 A.C.
WESTERN 45 AUTO
It is obvious we sent anything we could get our hands on to them at the time.
Of the 10 cans (7,560 rds) I only had two misfires, both WRA headstamps.
If anyone encountered any not listed, please add to the pot.
I only regret we were not able to re import the beautiful guns that were meant to fire these cartridges. At least the ammunition got to fulfill a measure of its purpose some 60 years later.
Posted 29 July 2003 - 09:16 PM
Posted 29 July 2003 - 09:58 PM
Why do you suppose there are none dated after 1942? I looked through alot of this stuff and came up with the same dates and manf. you did. Chris
Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:57 PM
The following head stamps were chronographed and the average velocity is listed in feet per second.
W.R.A. 45 A.C. 918 FPS
WESTERN 45 AUTO 926
REM-UMC 45 ACP 973
FA 41 Not tested, only found one of these and wanted to save it.
FA 42 964
WCC 41 941
WCC 42 904
W.R.A.CO 45 A.C. 938
RA 41 929
RA 42 852
I posted this once on the old board I think.
Posted 30 July 2003 - 02:24 AM
Posted 30 July 2003 - 07:24 AM
I believe the ammo you will receive is all Winchester and will be packed in US GI 50 rd boxes in the standard US 600 rd tin. There was also some EC steel case available in the same packaging.