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GENERAL
I managed to find some documentation that listed US manufacturers of ammunition in which it states the 'A' marking was the code for Apex Metal Stamping Co. also 'G.G.G.' and 'G.G.M.' are codes for G. G. Greene Metal Stamping Co and 'B G R' is the code for Associated Spring Corp BGR Div.

Recent aquasitions and research have forced me to relook at 100's of US made stripper clips searching for minor manufacturing details. Because the US didn't put date markings on their clips, it seems like some manufacturers altered their markings to indicate different production runs. This is evedent when you look at Seymour '
SEY' manufactured clips, to date I have managed to find at least 6 variations of their 'SEY' stamping. Also the design of the spring has been changed at least three times altering the end profile.

From an email from 'Bert'
"Just took a look at your stripper clip listing and noticed that in the US section you identify "Lufkin" as being Lufkin Industries in Lufkin, TX. That is incorrect. The Lufkin Tool Company was originally located in Michigan and ceased operations in 1967. It was noted for its line of flexible metal measuring tapes, though it made a variety of other tools." Webpage updated.

From Douglas K Wozny :-
These clips are known as Clips, Cartridge, 7.62MM, 5-Round and are covered by military specification MIL-C-45404 and drawing B7790130.

     
Version A Stripper Clip
I believe this to be the first version of American clip as it closly resembles the Canadian Charger (stripper clip) in the way the spring is manufactured and it's known the Canadian's had a close working relatioinship with the US when dealing with Ammunition standards. The end of the spring looks like this:-
I have classified this version of spring as
Rounded Corners.



     
Version B Stripper Clip
Not sure if this is just a production variation from Seymour, but the corners have a slight rounding. The end of the spring looks like this:-

I have classified this version of spring as
Rounded 45 deg Corners.



     
Version C Stripper Clip
This version of clip has a hole in the spring, I have seen examples with the rounded 45 deg and sharp 45 deg coners. Probably an early version of clip for some reason it has a hole in the centre of the spring like early versions of the M1903 Springfield clips.

I have classified this version of spring as Hole Type.



     
Version D Stripper Clip
By far the most common version of clip, the sharp 45 deg corners were probably done to speed up production. The end of the spring looks like this

I have classified this version of spring as Sharp 45 deg Corners.



     

 

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DETAILS

 Version A Stripper Clips

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1
A 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Large 'A' 3.96mm (5/32 in.) wide
5.55mm (7/32 in.) high.

2
A 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

6
A
( Sideways )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Sideways 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

14
B G R 1
3
Middle Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Associated Spring Corp BGR Div. Detroit, MI 8.58mm wide
2.55mm high.
 Version B Stripper Clips

18
SEY
( 7.71mm wide )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

'SEY' 7.71mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

19
S E Y
( 9.42mm wide )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

'SEY' 9.42mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

20
SEY
( Top of 'E' missing )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

Top of 'E' missing 'SEY'
7.71mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

21
SEY
( Slanted )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

Slanted 'SEY'
7.44mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.
 Version C Stripper Clips

3
A
( Hole in spring )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.77mm (7/64 in.) hole in spring

8
A
( Sideways )
( Hole in spring )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Miss-formed 'A'
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.38 (3/32in.) hole in spring

9
A
( Sideways )
( Hole in spring )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Miss-formed 'A'
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.77mm (7/64 in.) hole in spring

22
SEY
( Hole in spring )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

'SEY' 8.28mm wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.38mm (3/32in.) hole in spring.
Version D Stripper Clips

4
A 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

5
A 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Small 'A' 1.98mm (5/64 in.) wide
2.38mm (3/32 in.) high.

7
A
( Sideways )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Sideways 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

10
A
( Sideways )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? Miss-formed 'A'
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

11
A1 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? 'A' 3.17mm (1/8 in.) wide
3.96mm (7/32 in.) high.

12
A3 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray Apex Metal Stamping Co. Brooklyn, NY ? 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

13
A O 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Med Gray Associated Spring, Bristol, CT Stylized 'A'
6.44mm wide
3.17 (1/8 in.) high.

15
G.G.G. 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

G. G. Greene Metal Stamping Co. Warren, PA 

11.27mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

16
G.G.M. 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

G. G. Greene Metal Stamping Co. Warren, PA 

12.01mm (1/2 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

17
LUFKIN 1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Lufkin Tool Company. Saginaw, MI

Lufkin stamped in a italic font
6.62mm wide
1.29mm hight of the '
ufkin'.

23
SEY
( 7.55mm wide )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

'SEY' 7.55mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

24
SEY
( 7.55mm wide )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Black

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

Blackened clip 'SEY'
7.55mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

Unusual for US clips to have a black finish, very possible this clip has been refinished.

25
SEY
( 8.28mm wide )
1
3
Top Steel Phosphated Lt Gray

Seymour Products Co. Seymour, CT.

'SEY' 8.28mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.
Civilian Production Stripper Clips

1

None

2

4
Top

Stainless Steel

Stainless

Silver
J Clemmens, Davenport, Iowa Blued springs (2) light and heavy

2

ClemSul

2

4
Top

Stainless Steel

Stainless

Silver
J Clemmens, Davenport, Iowa Blued springs (2) light and heavy

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

Thank you to Noah Zark for IDing this previously 'Unknown' clip (A O) as being American.
Thank you to Peter Mackinven for the
A1, G.G.M and black SEY examples.
Thank you to Phillip Owen for pointing out the diferences in the
SEY markings and the new sub-variants shown.
Thank you to Peter Mackinven for the photo of the
ClemSul marked clip and instruction leaflet.

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PHOTOS

Version A Stripper Clips





A
Large 'A' 3.96mm (5/32 in.) wide x 5.55mm (7/32 in.) high.

A
Sideways 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.





A
'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

B G R
8.58mm wide x 2.55mm high.
 

Version B Stripper Clips





SEY
'SEY' 7.71mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

SEY
Top of 'E' missing 'SEY' 7.55mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.





SEY
'SEY' 9.42mm wide x .17mm (1/8 in.) high.

SEY
Slanted 'SEY' 7.55mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.
 

Version C Stripper Clips







A
(2.77mm (7/64 in.) hole in spring)
'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

A
(2.77mm (7/64 in.) hole in spring)
Sideways miss-formed '
A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.







A
(2.38 (3/32in.) hole in spring)
Sideways miss-formed '
A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

SEY
(2.38mm (3/32in.) hole in spring)
'
SEY' 8.28mm wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
 

Version D Stripper Clips





A
'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

G.G.G.
11.27mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.





A
Small 'A' 1.98mm (5/64 in.) wide x 2.38mm (3/32 in.) high.

G.G.M.
12.01mm (1/2 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high





A
Sideways '
A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

LUFKIN
6.62mm wide x 1.29mm hight of the '
ufkin'.





A
Sideways miss-formed '
A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

SEY
'SEY' 7.55mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.





A1
'A' 3.17mm (1/8 in.) wide x 3.96mm (7/32 in.) high.

SEY
Blackend 'SEY' 7.55mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

Unusual for US clips to have a black finish, very possible this clip has been refinished.





A3
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide x 3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

SEY
'SEY' 8.28mm wide x 3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.



AO
Stylized 'A' 6.44mm wide x 3.17 (1/8 in.) high.

Version D Stripper Clips
 

Civilian Production Stripper Clips








None
(made by J Clemmens)

ClemSul
(made by J Clemmens)

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MEASUREMENTS

All measurements in millimeters
 Version A Stripper Clips

Ser

 Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width

1
A

60.50

14.50

15.29

5.38

2.20

0.60

3.30

4.95

Large 'A' 3.96mm (5/32 in.) wide
5.55mm (7/32 in.) high.

2
A

60.41

14.49

15.19

5.38

2.27

0.52

3.82

5.12

'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

6
A
( Sideways )

60.49

14.50

15.25

5.43

2.50

0.53

3.55

5.00

Sideways 'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

14
B G R

60.40

14.50

15.23

5.43

2.50

0.60

3.68

5.07

8.58mm wide
2.55mm high.
 Version B Stripper Clips

18
SEY
( 7.71mm wide )

60.49

14.43

15.20

5.31

2.28

0.56

3.64

5.25

'SEY' 7.71mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

19
S E Y
( 9.42mm wide )

60.55

14.37

15.28

5.36

2.42

0.56

3.63

5.27

'SEY' 9.42mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

20
SEY
( Top of 'E' missing )

60.62

14.42

15.21

5.29

2.23

0.56

3.60

5.04

Top of 'E' missing 'SEY'
7.71mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

21
SEY
( Slanted )

60.61

14.43

15.32

5.22

2.17

0.53

3.59

5.02

Slanted 'SEY'
7.44mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.
 Version C Stripper Clips

3
A
( Hole in spring )

60.37

14.45

15.16

5.35

2.40

0.55

3.72

5.07

'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.77mm (7/64 in.) hole in spring

8
A
( Sideways )
( Hole in spring )

60.62

14.53

15.25

5.47

1.99

0.55

3.60

5.04

Miss-formed 'A'
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.38 (3/32in.) hole in spring

9
A
( Sideways )
( Hole in spring )

60.68

14.55

15.24

5.44

2.14

0.52

3.60

4.90

Miss-formed 'A'
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.77mm (7/64 in.) hole in spring

22
SEY
( Hole in spring )

60.49

14.41

15.24

5.30

2.19

0.55

3.60

5.00

'SEY' 8.28mm wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.
2.38mm (3/32in.) hole in spring.
 Version D Stripper Clips

4
A

60.41

14.40

15.09

5.38

2.20

0.55

3.65

5.12

'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

5
A

60.47

14.57

15.38

5.35

2.08

0.60

3.33

5.06

Small 'A' 1.98mm (5/64 in.) wide
2.38mm (3/32 in.) high.

7
A
( Sideways )

60.48

14.50

15.24

5.51

2.07

0.50

3.45

4.99

'A' 2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

10
A
( Sideways )

60.65

14.51

15.20

5.47

2.09

0.51

3.58

5.01

Miss-formed 'A'
2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

11
A1

60.47

14.44

15.36

5.33

2.45

0.49

3.75

5.05

'A' 3.17mm (1/8 in.) wide
3.96mm (7/32 in.) high.

12
A3

60.48

14.43

15.15

5.45

2.20

0.55

3.55

5.00

2.77mm (7/64 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

13
A O

60.24

14.50

15.23

5.30

2.50

0.55

3.72

4.94

Stylized 'A'
6.44mm wide
3.17 (1/8 in.) high.

15
G.G.G.

60.56

14.50

15.10

5.39

2.25

0.65

3.49

5.00

11.27mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

16
G.G.M.

60.29

14.49

15.10

5.38

2.27

0.65

3.25

5.00

12.01mm (1/2 in.) wide
3.57mm (9/64 in.) high.

17
LUFKIN

60.45

14.45

15.33

5.37

2.40

0.55

3.33

4.95

Lufkin stamped in a italic font
6.62mm wide
1.29mm hight of the '
ufkin'.

23
SEY
( 7.55mm wide )

60.23

14.45

15.20

5.30

2.20

0.65

3.61

5.23

'SEY' 7.55mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

24
SEY
( 7.55mm wide )

60.24

14.55

15.16

5.41

2.11

0.53

3.60

5.21

Blackened clip 'SEY'
7.55mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.

Unusual for US clips to have a black finish, very possible this clip has been refinished.

25
SEY
( 8.28mm wide )

60.19

14.50

15.29

5.37

2.45

0.52

3.67

5.26

'SEY' 8.28mm wide
3.17mm (1/8 in.) high.
 Civilian Production Stripper Clips

1

None

60.50

14.53

16.01

5.49

2.59

0.49

3.29

5.03

Made by J Clemmens, Davenport, Iowa
Blued spring

2

ClemSul

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Made by J Clemmens, Davenport, Iowa
Blued spring

Ser

 Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Height

Width

Spring Profile

Notes

Retainer Holes

Legend

Rounded corners

Rounded 45 degree corners

Sharp 45 degree corners
All measurements in millimeters

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DID YOU KNOW

To aid in the stripping of the ammunition from the clip into the magazine the Combination Tool of the M14 cleaning kit could be used as a 'pusher' to help relive the strain to the thumb.


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