2 chinese made AP rounds, factory 71 7.62x39
API. Notice the separation near the tip.
Chinese API from factory 71 made in 1971 and 1972.
I would love to know why the Chinese use both green and brown case finish lacquers, seemingly at random.
Information I received some time ago from a good source was that “Arsenal 71” is now the Zhang Jiang Electric Engineering, in Sichung, Chong Quing (former Chungking). It was originally the 20th Factory before 1949, and was a major ammunition producer. The rest of the information I have about it is all related to the 9 x 18 mm Type 59 cartridge manufactured there, and so not relevant to this thread.
John, to what I know they still are. The last hs from them I know of is from 2018.
EOD - thank you for the update. All my information came from research on the 9 x 18 mm Makarov cartridge, and probably dates from sometime between 1999 and 2009. Haven’t done any real followup research on Chinese factories since then.
Yesterday night I fired 20rds of those,(71-72) like the bottom one and non of them showed any light in the sky ?
Are they really api or ap?
Those are API, not tracers. You won’t see any “light in the sky” when you fire these. The only time the make a visible flash is when they hit something hard enough to ignite the incendiary compound in the base of the projectile.
I fired one of these against a 3/8" mild steel plate at around 100 yards away once on a trip to the USA.
It produced an impressive white flash that was clearly visible in bright sunlight. It also easily penetrated the steel plate.
Fighterxwar: Where in the world are you located that allows you to possess and shoot these cartridges?
Not answering for the OP, but these cartridges are not uncommon and generally legal here in the US. At one time I had about a hundred rounds of 7.62x39mm API. After testing it against various materials I found its performance to be lackluster and sold it all.