I was wondering, does Russia still produce the M43 style projectile in its currently manufactured 7.62x39 ball offering?
I saw a quantity of Vympel headstamped 7.62x39 that was being issued to the ANA in Afghanistan, that was laqured steel cased, lead core with the big air gap in the nose. And was wondering why that was what the big ‘DoD contract by proxie’ ammo used in Iraq and Afghanistan was using as projectiles. Has this FMJ-BT lead core round with the significant airspace in the tip replaced the old M43 type ball as the export round of choice, potentially due to its increased wounding capibilitys? Or did the proxie DoD contract possibly stipuluate that this was the desired loading? Or could it possibly actually be that this is the new production for export ball loading of choice?
Has anyone had any experience ever finding M43 projectiles loaded into 2006/7/8/9 production ammunition? These rounds i have been exposed to were packed in generic white battlepack type packaging in cardboard boxes with wolf similar lot numbers 1000 rounds at a time. I know that the Russians are not producing this round for current use by themselves due to large unused military stocks of M43 ammunition for the cold war that never happened.
I have a few examples of the rounds, and they appear to be exactly the same as what is being commercially packaged and sold in the US as the ‘Golden Tiger’ line.