Most ofthe DDR blanks cleared out post 1989 are this 85 production. PARADOX Ammunition ( USA) acquired millionsof rounds packed in 1500 round thick pasteboard cartons, strapped with zinc,-alume cargo strapping.
Backn 94_5, a local Film gun company bought about 100,000 of this ammo, and when the company liquidated as a result of the 1996 Confiscation and destruction laws in Australia, I bought out their ammo inventory…50,000 DDR 7.62x39 Blanks, as well as 12,000 Radway Green 65 & 66 7,62 L10A1 Blanks.
The DDR blanks work in all types AK, SKS, and RPDs,
In all types of box and drum mags.
Only one problem, hard to cure…VERY CORROSIVE on both guns and cases. Guns require the British hot water treatment same day as film use ( long hours night cleaning) and the cases need immediate washing soda wash to remove salts…though Berdan, and star crimped, they can be recycled by trimming off the crimp petals to integral neck and reloaded as a “short” blank…will still feed in an SKS…even normal 7.62x39 ball cases work.( both once fired and pulled-down
As to the RG L10, it is the perfect load for our T3 Chilean Modelo
1920 Nambu MG, converted with new barrel from 7x57 to 7.62x51 Nato.
After using fragile brass Japanese strips T92, We decided to make our own Hotchkiss Export 30 round strips in tempered spring steel… using original designs, some original Hotchkiss. 303 strips, and the 7.7 Japanese strips as a guide, to have punching and blanking dies made…perfect strips for any Hotchkiss made or derived Portative or other Mauser caliber gun.
The RG blanks themselves have never failed us ( " The Thin Red Line," " The Great Raid", several iterations of “Kokoda” and Other Pacific War Films and Documentaries ( “Singapore 1942-- End of Empire” &
"The Tragedy of the Montevideo Maru ").