7.62mm ShKAS tracer?


#1

The early production of the Russian ShKAS cartridge (lacking the cyrillic letter that looks like an E turned on its side) can be distinguished from the standard production if you know the weight of the bullet. I have two Tula-produced 7.62x54R tracer cartridges produced in 1936 and 1937, headstamped T over 36 and T over 37. Both have red primers with annular crimping; CWS steel cases of course. I don’t know what the mid-1930s Russian tracer bullet should weigh, but these two loaded rounds weigh 348 and 351 grains–metrically speaking 22.6 and 22.8 grams. Do these weights suggest ShKAS or standard loadings? JG


#2

Ringed in and red colored primer should be for synchronized ShKAS guns.


#3

Your cartridges T 36 and T 37 with red primers and annular crimping are typical early Schkas cartridges.

As we speak about tracer bullet T-46 (clour markonig -green tip of the bullet), the weight of this bullet mast be 9,3-9,8 grams and weight of the cartridge 21,7-23,0 grams. This bullet (T-46) was the same as army 7,62x54R cartridge and Schkass.


#4

To EOD and Treshkin: Thanks for the information on these–it’s much appreciated. JG