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.