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Old 09-09-2018, 12:59 AM
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I spend some time on the International Ammunition Association forum (mainly for ammunition collectors) and one of the recent threads about .38 S&W ammunition was interesting. In reply to a question about an unusual headstamp on a .38 S&W cartridge, one of the real experts in military handgun ammunition (and a retired USAF Major General) said that he believed that the .38 S&W round was WWII Chinese made, and further stated that during the Japanese occupation the Chinese were making S&W revolver copies in .38 S&W. I have not heard of that, but certainly the Chinese were known to have made several other handgun copies. Has anyone heard of Chinese-made .38 S&W revolvers? I haven't.
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Surely, he can distinguish that from a 9mm revolver round for a top-break Japanese revolver? Type 26?
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:31 AM
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This one was not the 9mm Japanese revolver round. It was headstamped as .38 S&W, but strangely.
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You know the saying, "No pictures, didn't happen!"

"Google" Chinese revolver and you find exactly nothing! You will find Spanish and Japanese S&W clones and other revolvers, but nothing Chinese.

I would think if there were such a thing as a Chinese S&W clone that had a production run of significantly over 1 that someone, sometime, would have posted something, somewhere, that would show up on a Google search. My money is on never happened!


This doesn't mean they never manufactured ammunition in .38 S&W, but why would they have done this? Just because the headstamp was marked "strangely" really gives no reason to believe it was in any variation of Chinese.
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To the experts the HS seemed strange. Very small lettering as compared to the typical REM-UMC HS, and no one had seen any like it.
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Not to hijack the thread but...
I remember the 30 carbine LC52 that was chinese in manufacture.

I knew 2 people who rusted their carbines with the stuff because
they both said " Carbine ammo has never been made with
corrosive primers. "

As we all know, that depends on which peddler you got it from.
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