Complied By
Michael A. Pfeiffer
INTRODUCTION: These references do not include the multitude of cartridge reloading manuals put out by manufacturers of ammunition and reloading components (bullets, powders, primers, brass, molds, sizers, gas checks, ect.). All of those present LOTs of information on cartridge dimensions and other useful information. The researcher may also find of interest the bimonthly (at least it was the last time I held a membership in 1989) publication CARTRIDGES. It is the official journal of the International Cartridge Collectors Association, Inc. The address at that time to contact for back issues was: Madeline Bruemer, 3886 Dawley Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44299. There are also a multitude of articles on cartridge headstamp identification in such magazines and the National Rifleman and Guns and Ammo. The National Rifle Association has cartridge identification articles archived in its GUN TALK BBS. this includes such information as german ordnance codes, U.S. military headstamps, and military munitions coding. Amazingly enough, most of the books and articles referenced in this bibliography do not contain subject bibliographies or references cited sections.

Adkins, Charles R.
1997 Late 19th and Early 20th Century, Cartridge Case Analysis, in Alaska. M.A. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Barber, John L.
1987 The Rimfire Cartridge in the United States and Canada 1857-1984. Armory Press, Tacoma, WA.

Barnes, Frank C.
1972 Cartridges of the World (Revised 3rd edition). DBI Books, Northfield, IL.

Barnes, Frank C.
1980 Cartridges of the World (Revised 4th edition). DBI Books, Northfield, IL.

Bartlett, W.A., and D.B. Gallatin
1956 Cartridge Manual: An Illustrated Digest . Pioneer Press, Union City, Tennessee.

Bearse, Ray
1966 Centerfire American Rifle Cartridges 1892-1963 . A.S. Barnes and Co., South Burnswick.

Berkeley, Lewis R.
1968 Small Arms and Ammunition in the United States Service 1776-1865. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Carmichael, J.
1969 Wildcats: Why and How. Outdoor Life 152:116.

Conway, Gordon G.
1973 Small Arms Ammunition. IN: Small Arms In Profile . pp.1-40. Cormak, A.J.R. (editor). Doubleday and Company, Garden City, N.Y.

Datig, Fred A.
1956 Cartridges For Collectors Vol I (Centerfire). Borden Publishing Comapny, Los Angeles.

Datig, Fred A.
1958 Cartridges For Collectors Vol II. (Centerfire - Rimfire - Patent Ignition). Borden Publishing Co., Los Angeles.

Datig, Fred A.
1967 Cartridges For Collectors Vol III. (Centerfire - Rimfire - plastic). Borden Publishing Company, Alhambra, California.

Dickey, Pete
1983 How To Find Hard-To-Find Cartridges. American Rifleman 131:26-27,76-9. (April).

Department of the Army
1986 Field Manual No. 9-13. Ammunition Handbook: A Guide For Ammunition Specialists. (also at

Gilbert, B. Miles
1971 The Use of X-Rays in Cartridge Identification. Plains Anthropologist 16(53):236-237.

Hackley, F.W., W.H. Woodin, and E.L. Scranton
1967 History of Modern U.S. Military Small Arms Ammunition , Vol. I: 1880-1939. Macmillan, New York, NY.

Harmon, Dick
1987 Henry .44-Caliber. Archaeological Insights into the Custer Battle: An Assessment of the 1984 Field Season . edited by Douglas D. Scott and Richard A. Fox, pp. 68-74. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK.

Heskett, Mike
1991 U.S. Troopers Weapons of the Philippine Insurrection. Gun Report 37(1):15-25.

Hogg, Ian V.
1982 The Cartridge Guide. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA.

Hogg, Ian V.
1985 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ammunition . Chartwell Books, Inc., Secaucas, New Jersey.

Horn, Warren R.
1962 Headstamps and Cartridge Identification Guide . The Sheldon Press, Burlington Vermont.

Hoyem, George A.
1981 Historical Development of Small Arms Ammunition (3 vols.). Armory Publications, Tacoma, WA.

Johnston, Andrew J. B.
1981 Defending Halifax: Ordnance, 1825-1906. History and Archaeology 46. Parks Canada, Ottawa.

Keith, Elmer
1936 Big Game Rifles and Cartridges. Small-Arms Technical Publishing Company, Plantersville, S.C.

Klat, Paul
1981 American Rimfire Cartridges: Part I. American Rifleman 129(5):48-51,81.

Klat, Paul
1981 American Rimfire Cartridges: Part II. American Rifleman 129(6):48-51.

Lenz, Ellis C.
1944 Muzzle Flashes: Five Centuries of Fire Arms and Men . Standard Publications, Inc., Huntington, W.V.

Lewis, Berkeley R.
1959 Notes on Ammunition of the American Civil War 1861-1865 . The American Ordnance Association, Washington, D.C.

Lewis, Berkeley R.
1960 Small Arms and Ammunition in the United States Service, 1776-1865. Miscellaneous Collections 129. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Lewis, Berkeley R.
1972 Small Arms Ammunition at the International Exposition Philadelphia, 1876. 11. Studies in History and Technology. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Logan, Hershel C.
1959 Cartridges: A Pictorial Digest of Small Arms Ammunition . Stackpole Publisher, Harrisburg, PA.

McKee, W. Reid, and Jr. M.E. Mason
1975 Civil War Projectiles II, Small Arms and Field Artillery . McKee and Mason Publishers.

Marcello, Gerald F.
1975 30-06 We Have Seen, Vol. II. Privately Published, San Diego. Includes articles of the History of the .30-06 Cartridge and U.S. Army .30-06 Amunition Markings by Konrad F. Schreier, Jr.

Matunas, Edward
1979 American Ammunition and Ballistics. Winchester Press, Tulsa.

O'Connor, J.
1968 Postwar Cartridges. Outdoor Life 141 (March):64.

O'Connor, J.
1969 Changes in Shotgun Shells. Outdoor Life 143 (March):130.

O'Connor, J.
1972 Cartridge Troubles. Outdoor Life 149:96. Peterson, Harold L.
1964 Encyclopedia of Firearms. E.P. Dutton, New York, NY.

Secretary of the Air Force
1978 Technical Manual, Storage and Maintenance Procedures, Small Arms Ammunition. T.O. 11A13-10-7. Revised 1983. (details ammunition, color coding, accessories, military ordnance codes, ect)

Sheehan, Michael S.
1986 A Manual for the Identification of Small Arms Ordnance Material. New York State Archaeological Association Bulletin 93:27-50.

Smith, Carlyle S.
1955 An Analysis of the Firearms and Related Specimens From Like-A-Fishook Village and Fort Berthold I. Plains Anthropologist pp-3-12. July

Smith, Carlyle S.
1960 Cartridges and Bullets from Fort Stevenson, North Dakota. Plains Anthropologist 1(1):25-29.

Stadt, Ronald
1984 Winchester Shotguns and Shotshells. Armory Press, Tacoma, WA.

Steward, Frank H.
1969 Shotgun Shells: Identification, Manufacturers, and Checklist for Collectors. B&P Associates, St. Louis, MO.

Suydam, Charles R.
1960 The American Cartridge: An Illustrated Study of the Rimfire Cartridge in the U.S. Robert Lawrence, Santa Anna, CA.

Suydam, Charles R.
1965a American Pistol and Revolver Cartridges. Part III, Frankford Arsenal Cartridge 1866-1882. The Gun Report 11(2):28-34.

Suydam, Charles R.
1965b American Pistol and Revolver Cartridges, Part IV, Rimfire Cartridges. The Gun Report 11(3):12-19.

Suydam, Charles R.
1965c American Pistol and Revolver Cartridges, V-c, Centerfire Revolver Cartridges. The Gun Report 11(7):30-39.

Suydam, Charles R.
1978 How To Identify Cartridge Headstamps. Guns & Ammo pp.47-48,90-91. February.

Suydam, Charles R.
1979 U.S. Cartridges and Their Handguns, 1795-1975 . Beinfield Publishing, North Hollywood, CA.

Treadwell, Major T.J.
1873 Metallic Cartridges as Manufactured and Tested at the Frankford Arsenal, Philadelphia, PA., U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

Whelen, Townsend
1945 Small Arms Design and Ballistics Vol.I. Small Arms Technical Publishing Company, Georgetown, S.C.

White, Henry P., and Burton D. Munhall
1950 Centerfire American and British Pistol and Revolver Cartridges. Combat Forces Press. Washington, D.C.

White, Henry P., and Burton D. Munhall
1963 Cartridge Headstamp Guide. H.P. White Laboratory, Bel Air, MD.

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