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September 02, 2000, 11:14
I got 1K rounds a few months ago of mixed headstamped 7.62 Nato, a lot I had never heard of. I'm wondering where it came from and is it non corrosive?
TZ, TZZ: I think this stuff is Israeli, probably pretty safe.
SMI: Is this South African?--[NO, Italian]
IVI (upside down): I assume this is Greek. [Yes, Canadian]
A plus the nato sign plus year: Aquila? [PMP, South Africa]
ZV: ??? [Chech]
one that just says 7.62, no headstamp at all
UK, in kind of an arab script: Egyptian?
[This message has been edited by DrTodd (edited September 03, 2000).]
September 02, 2000, 15:18
IVI is Canadian. Still makes 7.62mm for the C-6 M.G. (MAG-58) and 5.56mm for the C7A1 (M-16A3) For the rest you can try http://members.home.net/cstein0/uscenter.htm
Lots of different headstamps here so it may help.
September 03, 2000, 09:10
Hey, thanks. I was looking for a site like this for an hour yeaterday!
September 04, 2000, 10:24
Great Question and Info! I'm going to throw it up into the FAQs for future reference.
[This message has been edited by Jen (edited September 04, 2000).]
September 05, 2000, 13:59
WARNING, Don't shoot the TZ ammo. The headstamp on the crap I bought from Cheaper Than Dirt had TZ-88 on it. it was determined to come from Israel with questionable storage practices. I figured it was later production good stuff but I had case splitting, separations, and burn throughs. The Hesse receiver still hung in there and it took two mags worth before my buddy picked up a case and examined it. Others have complained as well on different boards. The rest I tossed out. the Chilean ammo was also warned against.
September 15, 2000, 22:39
The Uk could be Israeli, Does it have a date also?
February 06, 2001, 14:59
I think I have both the Isreali and Chilean ammo. Who's got info on the headstamps again?
I'm sure my Isreali wsa TZ-80 and the Chilean was recent CAI stuff - green primered.
February 06, 2001, 15:51
Is the problem with the TZ the cases or the whole factory loaded cartridge? I have a fair amount of TW, TZZ, Uk and TZ brass of various years from the early '60's to the late 80's which show no splits or burn through after one or more reloadings. Is it safe to assume that if the brass was bad it would show signs after the initial firing or after a reloading or two? Or, should I shitcan the known bad years?
February 08, 2001, 22:26
TZ & TZZ is IMI. The number is the Mgf. date
TW is Twin Cities who used to make ammunition for the US MIlitary
UK, I don't recognize
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