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US MILITARY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKETS AND SINGLE CARTRIDGES - FRANKFORD ARSENAL & CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS - WINCHESTER, REMINGTON, WESTERN, ETC.: Manufactured either at Frankford Arsenal or under government contracts by civilian ammunition companies for the US Armed Services, these packets are the perfect addition to a display of  your Model 1911 Pistol.  Our current inventory is listed below - each box separately listed with a full description and photographs - scroll all the way down through the listings.

NOTE:  There are additional packets and some rare variants of single .45 ACP cartridges listed at the bottom of this page.  BE SURE to scroll down to see all the listings. 

 

No. 1  WORLD WAR ONE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKETS – FULL PACKETS - CARTRIDGES HEADSTAMPED 1917:  Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company at the point the United States entered World War One, these packets were produced under contract to meet the anticipated need for ammunition by our soldiers in Europe.  Winchester produced packets are very desirable and are one of the more difficult packets to find.    

Examples of these .45 ACP cartridge packets from World War One survive in very low numbers today and have all but disappeared from the collectors' market. 

These three packets have identical labels with the same loading data, indicating they all came out of the same production run.  One packet is open to the point that the cartridge headstamp can be seen  - "W 17" -  indicating the cartridges were manufactured by the  Winchester Company in 1917.  As the other packets have the identical label data, it is safe to assume all three packets contains the same "W 17" headstamped cartridges.

No. 1A  WWI WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – FULL UNOPENED PACKET:  This full unopened packet retains a very good, legible label, “20 Pistol Ball Cartridges, CAL. .45 MODEL OF 1911”.  There is some very minor wear to one spot on the bottom edge of the label, but it does not affect the printing in any way.  The packet is full form and both of the cloth pull tabs are present and intact.   There is some minor storage soiling on the bottom panel of the packet, but the rest of the packet is clean.  Containing "W 17" headstamped cartridges, this is a scarce packet in excellent condition to add to your display.  SOLD

 

 

No. 1B  WWI WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – FULL UNOPENED PACKET:  This full unopened packet retains a very good, legible label, “20 Pistol Ball Cartridges, CAL. .45 MODEL OF 1911”.  There is no wear to label, but the top panel on the left end has been lifted slightly, probably by a previous owner who wanted to view the cartridges.  This minor separation does not affect the label or the integrity of the packet in any way.  The packet is full form, both of the cloth pull tabs are present and intact, and the packet is very clean.   Containing "W 17" headstamped cartridges, this is a scarce packet in  excellent condition to add to your display.   SOLD

 

No. 1C  WWI WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – FULL PACKET:  This full unopened packet retains a very good, legible label, “20 Pistol Ball Cartridges, CAL. .45 MODEL OF 1911”.  This packet has not been opened, but the top panel on the right end has been lifted for approximately half the length of the packet, probably by a previous owner who wanted to view the cartridges.  There is some minor wear to the label on the far right end, but none of the printing on the label is affected in any way.  The packet is full form and both of the cloth pull tabs are present and intact.   The top panel has some storage soiling but the rest of the packet is clean and fully intact.  Containing "W 17" headstamped cartridges, this is a very respectable packet to add to your display. SOLD

 

No. 2   FRANKFORD ARSENAL MANUFACTURED US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – FULL UNOPENED PACKET - "ROLL TESTED" AT BENICIA ARSENAL IN 1938:  This full unopened packet retains an excellent, full form legible label, “20 Pistol Ball Cartridges, Caliber .45 M1911”.  In addition to the printed label on the face and rear panels, the packet is also printed on the top with the notation "ROLL TESTED AT BENICIA ARSENAL 1938". 

This extra labeling indicating "Roll Testing" refers to an interesting and little known chapter in the history of US Army cartridge manufacturing.  This testing is explained on page 28 of History of Modern U.S. Military Small Arms Cartridges, Vol. 1, by Hackley, Woodin, and Scranton.  In the late 1930's it was discovered that a quantity of .45 caliber Model 1911 cartridges had been manufactured at Frankford Arsenal with incorrect powder charges.  A malfunction in the powder charging machine resulted in double and triple charges being dropped into cartridge cases, resulting in the damage or destruction of pistols upon being fired.  In attempting to determine which cartridges were affected, weighing the cartridges was found to be ineffective due to the variations in the weight of the metallic components of the cartridges.  Eventually the army settled on a system which involved the cartridges being removed from the packets and rolled down an incline onto a polished surface, generally glass.  Where the cartridge came to rest determined whether it had a light, normal, or excessive powder charge.  This testing was carried out at Ordnance Department facilities throughout the United States and in our overseas possessions.  Some packets of suspected cartridges were redesignated with a new lot number and presumably those passing the test were simply identified with the notation found on this packet as having been tested and passed. 

This packet is shrink wrapped in clear plastic to protect the pristine label and from all appearances the packet is unopened and in "like new" condition.  The packet is full form and both of the cloth pull tabs are present and intact. 

This is an excellent specimen of a fairly rare packet to add to your collection. (0935)  $100

 

No. 3  FRANKFORD ARSENAL MANUFACTURED US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – FULL UNOPENED PACKET - "ROLL TESTED":  This full unopened packet retains an excellent, full form legible label, “20 Pistol Ball Cartridges, Caliber .45 M1911”.  In addition to the printed label on the face and rear panels, the packet is also printed on the top with the notation "ROLL TESTED AND NEW LOT NUMBER ASSIGNED". 

This extra labeling indicating "Roll Testing" refers to an interesting and little known chapter in the history of US Army cartridge manufacturing.  This testing is explained on page 28 of History of Modern U.S. Military Small Arms Cartridges, Vol. 1, by Hackley, Woodin, and Scranton.  In the late 1930's it was discovered that a quantity of .45 caliber Model 1911 cartridges had been manufactured at Frankford Arsenal with incorrect powder charges.  A malfunction in the powder charging machine resulted in double and triple charges being dropped into cartridge cases, resulting in the damage or destruction of pistols upon being fired.  In attempting to determine which cartridges were affected, weighing the cartridges was found to be ineffective due to the variations in the weight of the metallic components of the cartridges.  Eventually the army settled on a system which involved the cartridges being removed from the packets and rolled down an incline onto a polished surface, generally glass.  Where the cartridge came to rest determined whether it had a light, normal, or excessive powder charge.  This testing was carried out at Ordnance Department facilities throughout the United States and in our overseas possessions.  Presumably those passing the test were simply identified with the notation found on the other packet listed above as having been tested and passed.  Those packets of suspected cartridges were redesignated with a new lot number as this one was, with a new lot number assigned after the testing.  

This packet is unopened with a complete and fully legible label.  One end of the top panel which was lifted about Ύ" so a previous owner could see the headstamp on the cartridges.  The first two cartridges can be seen by lifting this end and they are headstamped "FA 34" indicating they were made at Frankford Arsenal in 1934.   Except for this one end the packet is unopened and in "like new" condition.  The packet is full form and both of the cloth pull tabs are present and intact. 

This is an excellent specimen of a fairly rare packet to add to your collection. (0937)  $100

 

No. 4  REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – VERY GOOD UNOPENED PACKET:  Manufactured by the Remington Arms Company, probably during World War One, this packet retains an excellent, legible label, “20 Pistol Ball, Cartridges CAL .45 MODEL OF 1911”.  The use of "Model Of 1911" appears to have been used during World War One and was changed some time after the war to "CAL .45 M1911". 

This packet is sealed, with an intact, full form legible label, and complete with all 20 original cartridges.  The packet is full form with no significant soiling.  There is some wear along the top front edge, probably from being stacked and the weight of the cartridges causing the separation.  Its not particularly noticeable and does not affect the content of the label.  Both cloth pull tabs are present, however the one on the right end shows some wear due to storage. 

Packets from the first World War have survived in very low numbers today, and they are becoming scarce and difficult to find.  In a very few years, I fully expect they will have disappeared from the market all together.  (0936) $100

 

No. 5  REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY US ARMY ISSUE .45 CALIBER ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – EXCELLENT “LIKE NEW” PACKET - CARTRIDGES HEADSTAMPED 1942:  Manufactured by the Remington Arms Company during World War Two, this packet retains an excellent, legible label, “50 Cartridges Pistol Ball, Caliber .45 M1911”.  This style of packet was not sealed, having the flaps at both ends.  The packet is full form with no damage, no significant soiling, and the  label is complete, fully legible and shows no wear.  The cartridges are head stamped “R A 42” indicating the cartridges were manufactured in 1942.  Packets from this early production lot of ammunition, manufactured in the first full year of the United States’ involvement in World War Two, must survive in very low numbers today, as these early packets are becoming scarce and difficult to find.  In a very few years, I fully expect they will have disappeared from the market all together.  SOLD

 

No. 6  FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45 ACP BALL CARTRIDGE - DATED 1932:  A standard issue .45 Caliber ACP Ball Cartridge, headstamped "F A 32" - excellent condition.  $8 

 

No. 7 REMINGTON ARMS CARTRIDGE COMPANY NATIONAL MATCH COMMEMORATIVE CHROMED .45 ACP DUMMY CARTRIDGE - DATED 1965:  A real collector piece, this is a commemorative chromed .45 Caliber ACP Dummy Cartridge manufactured by Remington Arms for the National Match competition in 1965,  headstamped "RA 65 NM" - excellent condition.  $25

 

No. REMINGTON PETERS .45 AUTO RIM BALL CARTRIDGE:  Headstamped "R-P" - excellent condition.  $5 

 
 

 

 

 
 

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