The lure of the 7.62mm

03 Jan

Being relatively new to the intricacies of firearms, and their bullets, I had wondered why the Eastern Europeans were so intrigued with the 7.62mm bullet. For example, the Soviets used these bullets for many years:

7.62x25mm Tokarev
7.62x38mmR (Nagant Revolver)
7.62x39mm (SKS & AK-47)
7.62x54mmR (Mosin-Nagant rifle)

Why? One would think that it would be more simple to pick something less oddly sized. Go with 7.5mm or 8mm. But 7.62mm, only a stupid Euro-munitions producer would do something so crazy.

I tell ya, I felt really silly when I realized that what I was trashing was one of America’s favorite rifle calibers! If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, take a look:

.308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO)
.30-06 Springfield (7.62x63mm)
.30 Carbine (7.62x33mm)

Shock. I guess that just goes to show you that you can’t judge a bullet by it’s mm’s.

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Posted by on January 3, 2008 in Guns


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