7.5 Swiss. . . . something. . . . what is this thing?


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Don Gwinn
January 26, 2004, 09:22 PM
Dad paid $1.00 for a very odd cartridge at an antique show recently and passed it on to me. It was labeled "7.5 Swiss" (just a small card with it) and it does seem to match my 7.5 ammunition pretty closely. It consists mostly of light green plastic in the shape of a cartridge loaded with a round nose bullet. The last 3/8" or so, basically the case head and about another 1/4" of visible brass forward to where it joins the plastic. It has what appears to be a real primer, and the case head is marked as follows:

2

T A

64

It feels like the brass is undersized beneath the plastic and runs the full length of the normal "case," but the "bullet" at the tip is hollow and fairly thin plastic--you can squeeze it like a thin plastic bulb. I can hear powder of some sort inside.

Is this a 7.5 blank? Do you think it's designed for the Schmidt-Rubin series, the SIG 550, or both? Can anybody tell me why the long plastic body? Maybe just to make it hard to mistake for a live round?

Thanks!

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SDC
January 26, 2004, 10:21 PM
Definitely a 7.5 Swiss cartridge, either a blank (most likely, if you can squeeze the "bullet") or a short-range target-practice round (like the West German "DAG" 7.62 rounds). Your round was loaded at the Thun arsenal in 1964, and was probably intended for use in the SIG PE57.

Don Gwinn
January 27, 2004, 09:23 PM
Thank you, sir! Dad will enjoy learning that. Ask and ye shall receive.

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