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    I bought a job lot of military related items at auction over the weekend, most of which are WW2 or earlier (I'll post pictures later this week) but included was a belt of what I think are modern 12.7mm (.50) cartridge cases, but I can't work out the headstamps. Can anyone help please:

    3.85
    TE -------- S
    12.7

    I assume that they are 12.7mm, but what are the other markings? Is 3.85 a month and year?

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    cheers
    Matt

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    Hi,they are French,that`s a date stamp.....french ammo headstamps - Google Search
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Quote by zwerge View Post
    Hi,they are French,that`s a date stamp.....french ammo headstamps - Google Search
    Brilliant thanks very much

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    French as stated, made at Cartoucherie de Toulouse (TE) in third quarter of 1985 (3.85).

    "S" is the metal supplier, Compagnie Francoise des Metaux, Serfontaine, Oise, and 12.7 is the metric calibre.

    Regards
    TonyE
    British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
    Collector, Researcher and Pedant
    https://sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/

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