- Manufacturer Russian
- Condition New
- Bullet Weight 53gr
- Projectile Type FMJ
- Ammo Use Type Range Training
- Casing Type Steel
- Quantity 1080
- Caliber 5.45x39mm
- Primer Type Berdan
- Cost Per Round 28.7¢ per round
- Q & A
These Mil-spec rounds are loaded to a velocity of 2,900 feet per second. In spite of the corrosive components and the lacquered casings, the cost of these rounds make the 5.45x39 and the battle proven Kalashnikov action of the AK-74 rifle an attractive choice for sporting shooters everywhere.
The development of the 5.45x39 round in the 1970's was a direct reflection of the world-wide trend of outfitting a soldier with lighter ammo, allowing the soldier to carry a larger quantity of ammo in the load-out. NATO developed the 5.56x45, the Chinese came out with the 5.8x42, and the Soviets created the 5.45x39 that is primarily fired in the AK-74 rifle. This newer rifle and caliber has all but phased out the older, venerated 30 caliber work horse, the AK-47 in the Soviet ranks.
This standard Russian made surplus round uses a 53 grain bullet that is constructed with an unhardened steel core (making it "NON" armor piercing) covered by a thin lead sheath, underneath a metal clad jacket. Like all Russian surplus ammo, this uses a non-reloadable steel casing that is Berdan primed. Unlike the Russian made "commercial rounds", this ammunition is manufactured using corrosive components and lacquer sealed casings, so weapon maintenance is a MUST.
The "spam can" that stores these rounds make this particular 1,080 round purchase a wise choice for those looking for long-term storage options.
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