7.62 x 39mm Iraqi dummy


#1

Is this a genuine dummy round or simply an unprimed case with a bullet stuck in it?
The bullet is not a 7.62 x 39mm; it protrudes about 3mm further from the casemouth giving an o.a.l. of 58.46mm. I believe it has a steel core and a rather distinctive bulbous shape but I have no idea what it is.
If it is genuine what would be the purpose for a ‘longer than normal’ dummy?


#2

I see faint evidence of ejector marks on the head, and possible spent primer residue inside the primer pocket. I expect at least this is a fired case with the primer removed. The overall texture and appearance of the brass suggest it has been cleaned and polished when compared t regular Iraqi cartridges. At first blush it appears to be something someone assembled out of whatever was at hand. Is there anything inside the case?

AKMS


#3

I haven’t pulled the bulled so I cannot be certain however there doesn’t appear to be anything in the case. I agree there is a residue of some sort in the primer pocket however I have just wiped the pocket with tissue and that residue has come away easily. I have also had a close look at the ejector marks under intense lighting & with a magnifying glass. There actually appear to be at least five similar marks. Using the triangle as a 12 o’clock reference point they are at 2, 5, 7, 10 & 11 o’clock positions.
I’m wondering whether repeated chambering and ejecting a dummy round would be sufficient for the ejector to very lightly mark the metal in this way.


#4

The dummy I examined once had a regular bullet with an original crimp, the case was filled with what sounded like shot and the primer was struck.


#5

Thank you gents, it looks as if someone’s had me fooled by this one!