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Old March 9, 2013, 01:32 PM   #1
Bob Wright
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Old Revolver Cartridges......

A question came up on another thread regarding headstamps (H/S) on older cartridges. Thought maybe that deserved its own thread.

Here are some old .45 Caliber cartridges:



And, the H/S of those cartridges:



Note that the .45 Colt Govt. round and the UMC round have copper primers, indicating blackpowder. The nickel primers indicate the rounds are loaded with smokeless powder. The .45 S&W round is loaded with a small copper primer.

These are from Frankford Arsenal, .45 M1873 and M1875:



The "R F" H/S is an early Frankford H/S, the "R" indicating "Revolver." Later the H/S became "F A" and the two digit date.

(The "M1875" and "M1873" are my own invention to designate the difference between the Colt and S&W rounds. I have never actually seen these designations on cartridge boxes.)

Bob Wright

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