Hi all. I was wandering around a site that is used by both the public and occasionally by Army, TA and ACF units for training. I noticed quite a few 5.56mm blanks lying around, some 7.62mm blanks and links from a GPMG but also I counted a couple of .303 cartridges that initially I thought were WW2 but on closer inspection turned out to be blanks marked HXP and dated from the early 1980s.
I gather that the HXP headstamps meant Greek manufactured rounds and the 1980s date would coincide with use by cadets more than anything else? I am just curious as to why the Government would have purchased Greek made ammo as opposed to issuing British manufactured ammo. Surely there were stocks left over from the days of the NO4 and BREN etc?
Any comments would be appreciated. Cheers.