By G&A Staff
Ammunition for the AK centers on two cartridges, the original 7.62x39mm round and the subsequent 5.45x39mm. Although, it should be remembered that AKs of one type or another have also been chambered for two NATO calibers—the 5.56 NATO round (as seen in the current Russian Izmash AK101 and AK102 rifles, with 415mm and 314mm barrel lengths, respectively) and the 7.62 NATO cartridge found in the Yugoslavian M77B1 Light Machine Gun (LMG). In addition, 5.56 NATO-chambered Kalashnikov-type rifles have been produced, principally for export, by Romania (Model 97), Poland (Model 96 Beryl and Mini-Beryl), Finland (Sako M95) and the Norinco Type 97 bullpup from the People’s Republic of China.
Studying and collecting military small arms ammunition is a fascinating pastime. Except for a few rare
Caliber 7.62x39mm cartridge cases are principally of three types, left to right: brass, copper-washed steel and lacquered steel in varying shades of gray, OD or brown lacquer.
specimens, it’s a lot less expensive to accumulate cartridges than the rifles for which they are chambered. As with stamp collecting, a …Read the Rest
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