I tried to research it online and did not
find much. Someone thought it may be Russian made and suggested
to see if it was magnetic.
I tested it with a magnet and sure enough it
was magnetic which means it was made of steel and not brass or
I then sliced off a piece of the case with a
Dremmel and scraped the surface to look at the bare metal. It
had the look of steel.
Close inspection of the primer pocket
indicates that the primer is painted in or sealed with some type
of sealant. Further inspection of the case interior showed two
flash holes instead of one.
9mm Luger Casing
Casing Is Magnetic
Casing Is Steel
I don't think I will be reloading this case.
I received an email with the following message..
Here's your answer...
I followed the link and it took me to a
Russian website for the LVE Novosibirsk Cartridge Plant.
LVE Plant - "Joint-stock company â€œNovosibirsk Cartridge Plantâ€ (JSC
â€œNPZâ€) is founded on the basis of ammunition production of
Novosibirsk Low Voltage Equipment Plant plc. (LVE Plant) after
its transformation in October, 2003, the production activity has
started since May, 2004. JSC â€œNPZâ€ is one of the leading
engineering enterprises of military-industrial complex of
Russia. It is specialized on the ammunition production for small
arms and is one of the largest supplier for Russian and
international markets. It also manufactures sport and hunting
ammunition of different calibers for different weapons,
traumatic cartridges for active self-defense." Ref: http://www.lveplant.ru/pages_en.php?id=01
From what I interpret from their website the cartridge/case is
Russian made. The LVE marked on the head stamp stands for
Novosibirsk Low Voltage Equipment Plant plc. (LVE Plant).
The copper colored 900 Luger LVE case that I found appears to be
from a Military Cartridge.
9x18mm Pistol Cartridge With Steel Core Bullet
Case material / Jacket material Bimetal / Bimetal
Average bullet velocity V10, m/s 290-315
The maximum powder gass pressure Pav, Average/Maximum, kg/sm2
Bullet mass, g 6,15
Cartridge mass, g 10,07
Accurancy R50 at distance 25m**, sm 3,2**
The quantity at cartridges in box, pcs 2560
Finction Intended for opponent"s living force destruction in a
short range battle