7,62 x 54R API tests at China Lake, 2009


At the Carabanchel Proving Ground in Madrid they use to test bulletproof vests, helmets and armor against some cartridges from the former eastern bloc: 7,62 x 54R, 7,62 x 39 and 5,45 x 39.

Well, it seems that the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake in the US does the same. They have even written a report on how they deal with the erratic velocities they are getting with the 7,62 x 54R Armor Piercing Incendiary round from factory No. 17.

The report is titled NAWCWD TM 8598, Temperature Compensated Loading Curves for the 7.62 x 54R Armor Piercing Incendiary (API) Round, by J. Hardy Tyson, Combat Survivability Division Research and Engineering Sciences Department, Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, october 2009.

dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD … tTRDoc.pdf




Thanks for the link and the CETME report; good reading.