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    Almost all ammunition in the world have head stamps. They are there to announce the producer, calibre, 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 colour 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 are 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 Imported from Valtion Patruunatehdas (VPT), Lapua, Finland.
    Only for the boxes of the 6,5x55 ball ammunition in 1940 and 1941.
    30 DWM (FN Belgium). Only to be found on the boxes, and for the years 1941 and 1942.
    31 Svensk Tändsticks AB, Jönköping.
    32 Linköpings tändstiksfabrik. 1944.
    33 Imported from Brunn, Czechoslovakia. Only for 7,92x57 ball catridges.
    34 Jönköpings tändsticksfabrik.
    35 (035) Produced in Blixtorp. The factory was owned by Svenska metallverken during the period 1956-58. 6,5x55 ammunition were produced between 55-56, 59-60. Also, 9x19 were produced between 1954-1965
    07 (070) Karlsborg Ammunitions fabrik. (Vanäsverken)
    071 FFV Zakrisdalsverken, Karlstad.
    434 Imported from Bakelittfabrikken, Norway.
    583 Imported from Raufoss, Norway.
    586 Imported from Hirtenberger, Austria.
    6,5x55, 7,62x51 and 9x19 ammunition.
    602 Imported from SNC, Canada.
    Only 12,7x99 ammunition.
    613 Imported from CBC, Brazil. Only for 12,7x99 ammunition.
    616 Imported from Winchester, USA.
    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 for 6,5x55 ball ammunition in 1941 and 1942
    K & C Imported from Keller and Company, Hirtenberger, Austria.
    H Imported from Hirtenberger, Austria.
    SFM Imported from Société Française des Munitions.
    Only 6,5x55 cases.
    VPT Imported from Valtion Patruunatehdas (VPT), Lapua, Finland.
    Only for 6,5x55 ball ammunition in 1940 and 1941
    WRA Imported from Winchester Repeating Arms Co, USA.
    Only for 9x19. Ca 1939-1941
    S-40 Imported from SAKO, Finland
    Only in 9x19. 1941 and 1942
    K50 Imported from Kynoch, England. Only for 12,7x99 what I know of.
    CG Karlsborg ammunitionsfabrik, CG comes from the old spelling, Carlsborg
    680 Stockholms vapenfabrik. Only to be found on the boxes.
    FFV FFV was used at least between 1980-1985. It is produced in Karlsborg ammunitionsfabrik, Vanäsverken

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