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.
7.62mm NATO, South Africa, Blank, A1, Headstamp: PMP 71 A1 7.62
.50 BAT, Belgium, Spotter Tracer, Headstamp: FN 12.7
4.85 x 49mm, United Kingdom, Blank (Inert), Headstamp: [none]
.50 BAT, United States, Fired, Headstamp: TW 54
.50 BMG, Netherlands, API Hard Core, Headstamp: A EMZ 78 .50
.50 BMG, Norway, MP, NM140, Headstamp: FNB 91 .50
7.62mm NATO, Canada, Ball (Reduced Range), Headstamp: ⊕ IVI 91
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've finally had time to update and modernize the site. There is still a backlog of cartridges that we need to photograph, and those should be gradually added to the site over the coming months. Stay tuned!
The 2019 St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS) will take place April 18-20, 2019 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 IAA's SLICS page.
The 2018 ECRA International Meeting will be held September 21-22, 2018 in Aerzen, Germany. Contact the European Cartridge Research Association for more information.