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This Pin Grabber box is retro, probably from the 1980s. The price tag is steep for 20 cartridges back in the day—$22. I guess you can get that when three shooters in one national bowling pin match win their respective classes using Kaswer Custom Pin Grabbers.
Four bullets (which Kaswer Custom apparently offered for reloading) that were in the Pin Grabber box don’t have a copper jacket like found in the loaded cartridges.
The formidable looking Pin Grabber load from Kaswer Custom, had a 260-grain jacketed hollow point bullet designed to “grab” the bowling pin more effectively than traditional bullet designs.
Here’s a better look at the Smith & Wesson headstamp on the Kaswer Pin Grabber cartridge.
Kaswer Custom obviously wasn’t making it’s own brass for Pin Graber loads, as this one has a Smith & Wesson headstamp.
Oddly, the loaded Pin Grabbers in the box all have a short copper jacket, but the separate bullets found within don’t.
Pin Grabbers were rated at +P according to the warning on the box.
Made by GECO-Dynamit-Nobel in Germany, the Blitz Action Trauma (BAT) bullet had a FMJ profile for reliable feeding in 9 mm submachine guns. But, the bullet has a plastic tip that blows off on ignition, thanks to jets in the bullet. Once the plastic tip is gone, the hollow point is exposed to ensure terminal performance.
With a rounded semi-wadcutter appearance, the KTW is allegedly an armor-piercing round. The green plastic covers in extremely pointed bullet underneath. Because of the bullet’s shape, terminal performance was less than stellar.
Glaser Safety Slugs are still made today and readily available, but they look vastly different from this early version for .38 Spl.
When Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders assaulted San Juan Hill, most of the rifles they faced were chambered for this cartridge. The bullet on the .43 Spanish was brass jacketed and in the heat and humidity of Cuba, it didn’t take long for the brass to tarnish a nice shade of green. As a result, our troops often referred to them as “Poison Bullets.”
This is International Cartridge Company’s 9 mm frangible load.