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    Almost all ammunition in the world have head stamps. They are there to announce the producer, caliber, manufacturing country and the year of manufacturing and more.

    Swedish military ammunition is marked with manufacturing year, plant and in some cases special marks. The numbers to the left and right of the cartridge is the year of manufacturing. At the bottom you find numbers or a letter. It is the manufacturing plants code. Look in the table below to see what it means.

    On the top it may be stamped a crown, Amf, E or 07. Crown means that the cartridge is made in a state owned factory. Amf stands for "Ammunitions fabrik" which means ammunition plant. E means that the case is made of a substitute material "Ersättning". E.g. steel. 07 mean that the cartridge is for pistol m/07. 

    The only cartridge that have a head stamp as recognition within the family is the two 9x19 cartridges m/39 and m/39B were the m/39 have double lines 2, 4, 7 and 10 a clock. As a extra insurance the cartridges have different color markings to.

    Examples of head stamps.
    38 Special, plane 7,5mm Nagant, crown 9x20, m/07

     
    9x19 m/39 9x19 m/39B 6,5x55, E

     
    7,62x51, plane 6,5x55, AMF 9x19, S-40

     
    9x19, WRA 9x19, DWM

    Plant codes. The list is not completed yet. Errors may occur
    24 Norrahammars Bruk (Only manufactured the cases).
    25 Vulcans Tändsticksfabrik, Tidaholm.
    26 (026) A.B. Svenska Metallverken. Västerås
    27 (027) Norma Projektilfabrik, Åmotfors.
    28 Jönköpings Västra tändsticksfabrik,Jönköping.
    29 VPT Finland.
    Only 6,5x55 during second world war.
    30 DWM Germany (FN Belgia).
    31 Svensk Tändsticks AB Jönköping.
    32 Shadow factory. Made in  Linköpings tändstiksfabrik. 1944.
    33 Brunn, Czechoslovakia. Only made 8x57JS cartridge
    34 Jönköpings tändsticksfabrik.
    35 (035) Produced in Blikstorp. The factory was owned by the Swedish company Svenska metallverken during the period 1956-58.
    07 (070) Karlsborg Ammunitions fabrik. (Vanäsverken)
    071 FFV Zakrisdalsverken, Karlstad.
    434 Imported from Norway and is made by Bakelittfabrikken.
    583 Imported from Raufoss, Norway.
    Only .50BMG ammunition.
    586 Imported from Hirtenberger, Austria.
    Only 6,5x55, 7,62x51 and 9x19 ammunition.
    602 Imported from Canada and made by SNC.
    Only .50BMG ammunition.
    613 Imported from Brazil and made of CBC.
    616 Imported from USA and made by Winchester.
    K Karlsborg Ammunitions fabrik.
    M Marieberg Ammunitions fabrik.
    H Imported from Hirtnberger, Austria.
    N Nordiska Metall AB ,Västerås.
    DWM Imported from Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabrik, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Only in 6,5x55 in 1941 and 1942
    K & C Imported from Hirtenberger, Austria.
    H Imported from Hirtenberger, Austria.
    SFM Societe Francaise de munitions.
    Only 6,5x55 cases.
    VPT Imported from Valtion Patruunathedas, Lapua, Finland.
    Only 6,5x55 ammunition in 1941
    WRA Imported from Winchester Repeating Arms Co.
    Only for 9x19. Ca 1939-1941
    S-40 Imported from SAKO, Finland
    Only in 9x19. 1941 and 1942
    K50 Kynoch, England.Only on .50BMG what i know of.
    CG Karlsborg, CG comes from the old spelling, Carlsborg

    I would like to give a big thanks to Hans Aronsson for help and adding of information to correct this list!



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