The cartridge collection consists of military rifle, heavy machine gun, and small- to medium-caliber cannon ammunition. The primary focus is on ammunition up to 35mm caliber made during World War 2 or later, although some specimens do fall outside of these general guidelines.
Within this very broad field, there is a special emphasis on 7.62x51mm NATO, .50 BMG, 30x173mm GAU-8, and experimental ammunition.
The SCHV program was one of several interrelated projects whose aim was to improve the combat effectiveness of the infantry rifle. It was thought that a small-caliber, high-velocity cartridge would have a greater hit probability than the current 7.62x51mm NATO rifle round due to its lower recoil and flatter trajectory.
6 x 44mm pre-SAW, United States, New Unprimed Empty, Headstamp: F A 7 1
30 x 173mm GAU-8/A, United States, API, Headstamp: [none]
7.62 x 45 mm, Czechoslovakia, Ball (Reduced Range), Headstamp: bxn 57
14.5 x 114mm, China, API, Headstamp: 9631 82
7.62mm pre-NATO Intermediate Case, United States, New Primed Empty, Headstamp: F A 50
7.62mm pre-NATO Intermediate Case, United States, Fired, Headstamp: F A 48
.50 BMG, United States, Fired, Headstamp: 4 3 T W
If you're serious about cartridge collecting, consider joining a collector's organization like The International Ammunition Association (IAA) or The European Cartridge Collectors Association (ECRA). The benefits are well worth the modest cost of joining!
We're continuing to work through our backlog of photography. More interesting cartridges should be added in the spring of 2022. Stay tuned!
The 2022 St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS) will take place April 13-16, 2022 at the Marriott Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. This is largest cartridge show in the world and it is well worth attending. For more information visit the SLICS Website.
The 2022 ECRA International Meeting will hopefully be held the Netherlands, dates to be determined. Contact the European Cartridge Research Association for more information.