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Cartridge Naming Systems

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40-90 Sharps Bottleneck (left) and
40-90 Sharps Straight (right)

In North America, there is no defined, universally accepted cartridge naming system. Cartridge naming has been commercially driven and naming is typically determined by the original manufacturer.

In Europe, cartridge naming systems are controlled by government agencies and the systems are adhered to by all manufacturers.

Naming systems are varied and covered extensively in Cartridges of the World

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