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Help name this cartridge...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by redneck2, May 19, 2003.

  1. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    we got some odds and ends stuff in our shop

    one rifle cartridge was a squatty little military round. Bullet is .318. Kinda looks like a 7.62x39 but shorter and obviously the bullet is bigger. Slightly shorter than 2" OAL. Headstamp has 30 and 44 and 3 letters we can't make out

    looks like a machine gun or assault rifle round.

    Any ideas??? I just moved and my "Cartridges of the World" is buried somewhere.
  2. Fed168

    Fed168 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a 7.92 kurz?
  3. Ian

    Ian Well-Known Member

    7.92x33 Kurz (the early German assault rifle round for the Stg 44), perhaps? It has a .318" bullet, .460 casehead, and 1.299" case length.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    It sounds like the 7.9 Kurz (Short) cartridge for the German MP.43/StG.44, the original "Sturmgewehr" or "assault rifle". It had several other names: the 7.9 Infanterie Kurz Patrone, the Maschinenkarabine Patrone S, the Pistolen Patrone 43 m.E., the Kurz Patrone 43 m.E., and the 7.9x33.

    Specifications are:
    Bullet length 25.80 mm (1.016")
    Bullet weight 8,19 g (126.39 gr)
    Bullet diameter 8.20 mm (.323")
    Case lenght 33.00 mm (1.299")
    Cartridge length 47.60 mm (1.874")
    Bullet velocity 690 m/sec (2264 fps)

  5. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    Concur with what everybody else said.
  6. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Odds are heavily favoring the 7.92x33 as noted above.

    The letters could be any of a dozen or more makers.

    If you can get the letters to the point where you can read them, one of us should be able to identify the plant where it was made.
  7. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    Regular convention for most WWII German ammo headstamp was two digit lot number (30), two digit year (44), two or thre lower case letter for location of manufacture (including from occupied countries), and maybe a star burst.
  8. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member


    besides the 30 and 44, the letters are probably AUS (Austria?) and now the star burst makes sense

    and here, we thought the "short and fat" craze was the hottest, latest, and greatest

    Cute little thing. Nice and compact. If I wuz gonna be slogging thru the mud carrying a rifle and equipment, a bunch of these would be a lot easier than 30-06 or 8 MM's.

    Thanks guys.
  9. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    No, not Austria.

    That's a 3-letter code for the plant that produced the ammo.

    Nazi Germany used 2 and 3 letter codes to "hide" the production facility that made the particular item.

    If no one else gets it, I'll look it up this evening for you.

    If I remember correctly, the * or starburst signifies a steel case.
  10. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    Can't find anything for 'aus'. (Location letters usually lower case.) Do have 'aux' but no location identified and 'auu' for Czechoslovakia.

    Also, 'St' and 'St+' for steel case and 'a*' and 'S*' for brass case.
  11. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

    "aux", "auy", and "auz" were identifiers for three Poltewerke factories (Madgeberg, Germany); might it have been one of these? I've got some "aux" 8mm Kurz rounds in my collection, and I think they were one of the more common producers. HTH

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