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 FN BRG-15 was a heavy machine gun designed by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium as a potential replacement for the .50 caliber Browning M2 heavy machine gun. Several 15mm cartridge variants were tried as the project evolved, with the 15.5x106mm round being the last in the series. The project was ultimately cancelled in the early 1990s.
7.62 x 99mm, France, New Primed Empty, Headstamp: TE 2.73 F 12,7
20 x 102mm, United States, TP, T199, Headstamp: [none]
20 x 139mm HS820, United States, Dummy, FAT 226, Headstamp: [none]
.50 BMG, France, Incendiary, Headstamp: MR 1.53 S 12.7
27 x 145mm B, West Germany, TP, DM 28, Headstamp: 27x145 DM1001 LOS DN-1-30-X
7.62mm NATO, United States, Ball (Match), Headstamp: FC 308 WIN
27 x 172mm, Switzerland, Fired, Headstamp: (lightning bolt) 020 OE 00
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.