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Posted: 6/15/2007 5:49:23 PM EDT
I found some .223 at an auction with a F A headstamp. Who made this? It was with some Lake City M193 from 1975.
Link Posted: 6/15/2007 6:21:10 PM EDT
Frankford Arsenal?
Link Posted: 6/15/2007 8:30:48 PM EDT
You're correct. I found it on this link

cartridgecollectors.org/headstampcodes.htm


Anyone shoot this? How good is it?
Link Posted: 6/16/2007 6:02:03 AM EDT
I had thought that the Frankford Arsenal had closed down in the '50s-which made me wonder about .223 with that headstamp. But Frankford ran until 1977 so that's a different thing altogether.

If you have arsenal loaded FA .223, it would probably be almost if not definitely collector-grade stuff. But the brass should be great for reloading.
Link Posted: 6/16/2007 2:18:01 PM EDT
It went for $110 / can. I wasn't sure about buying because it was 1975 ammo and I wasn't sure how it had been stored (some of the other ammo they had wasn't in very good shape). There were 6 cans total about 800 rds per can. 3 were Lake City and 3 FA. All the ammo was on bandoleers. One guy took it all for $660. I only had $500 so I got out bid.
Link Posted: 6/16/2007 8:32:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2007 7:10:10 AM EDT
I wish I had been able to get at least 1 can. It sounds like it may have been worth money to a collector. The family of the guy claimed it was packed by the military and left as is.
Link Posted: 6/17/2007 11:15:10 AM EDT
I have in my possession a few boxes of m1911 ball with a headstamp of FA 21`some in the original brown paper container.
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