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Old 04-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #21
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Yeah true...have any of you guys heard of the Romanian M10 AK's? I heard Romanian made AK's are pretty dexent
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:32 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by locutus View Post
The 5.45X39 is far more effective as a military round than the 7.62X39.

That's why the old Soviet Union adopted it as standard in 1974.
True, but...

There was an article in pdf format on the 'net somewhere - I'm on my ofc PC and do not have the link, but some military journal (Aussie author?) reported that the ex-Soviets were starting to re-think the 5.45x39 based on poor performance in Chechnya. They missed the knock-down of the heavier 7.62 bullet.

As I understand it, some ex-WARPACT satellite nations switched to .5.56/.223 (Poland, Romy?), several stayed with 7.62x39 (Czechs, Hung, Albania, Yugo??), and only a few stayed with 5.45 (Bulgaria??).

I'm sure others will fix this.

Regardless, thanks to the Mini-30 and the gazillions of CHICOM SKS that came in-country, the popularity of 7.62x39 is rock solid and can be found in various loadings at WalMart, Dicks, Dunhams, Gander Mtn - pretty much anywhere.

Not so easy for the 5.45x39. Once the cheap corrosive mil-surp 5.45 dries up in the market from the ammo-hoarders buying pallets at a time - the biggest attraction of your 5.45x39 rifle will be gone. Unless you are lucky enough to have the financial freedoms to be hoarding surplus 5.45x39 right now...

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