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Firearms News Volume 74, Issue 16

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
30 Issues

in this issue

3 min
aks overseas

Ican’t regale you with tales of AKs in places where people shoot at each other. Well, perhaps, but not like the guys who have been downrange. I can, however, tell you of my observations in locales where the AK is the common firearm. The latest one was Egypt. Dependant on tourist dollars (and Euros, and Yen, and Yuan, etc.) Egypt works hard to make tourists feel safe. Mostly, they succeed, because most tourists don’t know what they are looking at. They see a uniformed local, with an AK, and they think “We’re being kept safe.” Guys like us look at their posture, manner, equipment, even the condition of their boots, and come away with a different opinion. “Mall guards,” most of them. The common AK in Egypt, at least in the local police…

1 min

I was prepared, when we set off for Egypt, to get “flagged” on a daily basis by the locals, acting as security. Turns out, I was safer there than I’ve been on some Skeet and Trap ranges. Everyone kept their fingers out of the trigger guards. Everyone was careful where they pointed muzzles. Oh, the kids (I saw some police who looked like they had another semester or three to go before they were eighteen years old) walked around dangling their AK by the pistol grip, with the muzzle almost in the dirt, but it was pointed safely. Someone had put the fear of God into the security people, and muzzles were safely pointed. Guards were usually provided shade and sat under an awning. And in a lot of instances, behind…

13 min
the 1980’s-era norinco type 56 series fraternal twin ak rifles

The year was 1985, and the Jackson, MS, gun show was the social highlight of my year. Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet, so to buy guns you went to where the guns physically were. That meant an absolutely epic day of fun, fellowship, and bartering. I was a college student without much money. However, I had schemed my way into a fairly sweet position. The Army paid my school expenses in exchange for a fervent pledge to die for my country should the need arise at some point down the road. The civilian scholarship trustees foolishly gave me my school money in the form of a check every semester. As I actually like Ramen noodles and had mastered the capacity to live on almost nothing, that meant I…

1 min
the m43 combloc round

The Kalashnikov phenomenon is as much a cartridge as a rifle. In 1943 the People’s Commissariat for Armaments met to plan out the next generation Soviet intermediate cartridge. At the time the world’s armies were all equipped with high-powered rifle rounds as big as a man’s finger that were effective out to a kilometer or more. Recent experience in World War 2 had shown that most Infantry engagements occurred at less than half that range. As a result, the Soviets developed the 7.62x39mm intermediate cartridge. Featuring a scantly tapered steel cartridge case pushing a 123-grain jacketed bullet to about 2,400 feet per second, the M43 was both powerful and portable. The original scheme was for the M43 to feed a new Soviet semiautomatic rifle, a selective fire carbine, and a belt-fed…

17 min
in soviet russia, ak shoots you

While the AR-15 is undeniably America’s darling, there are now more AKs in circulation in this country than ever before, and most of them are chambered in the original 7.62x39mm cartridge. While the 7.62x39 is considered the “intermediate assault rifle cartridge against which all others are judged,” few people actually know what kind of performance they can expect from the cartridge out of an AK. For this article, I decided to test seven 7.62x39mm loads, some similar, several very different. I chose them based on a number of factors — availability, price, and (advertised) performance. My ammo list included American Eagle FMJ, premium defensive ammo from Winchester and Hornady, and steel-cased Russian-made ammo from Wolf and Barnaul. My plan was to measure velocity, accuracy, and terminal performance using ballistic gel blocks. Group Therapy The…

14 min
rock river arms 7.62x39mm x-1 lar-47

The Soviet 7.62x39mm is one of the all-time great intermediate cartridges, and it remains hugely popular today. Its wide-spread acceptance among U.S. shooters is due chiefly to two reasons. The first is its ability to throw moderate weight .30-caliber projectiles at a respectable velocity. The second is its economical nature. Imported steel case ammunition is typically very reasonably priced and can easily be purchased in volume. This is very appealing, especially while we are experiencing yet another panic buy of ammunition with no end in sight. While the 7.62x39mm is linked to the Kalashnikov rifle, that is not its only home. There are a variety of other rifles chambered for this popular caliber, including AR-15s. But, what if you like the 7.62x39mm cartridge, and the AR-15, but wish to use AK…