Israeli TZ80 ammo 7.62x51mm brittle brass?


#1

I’ve got some Israeli 7.672x51mm headstamped TZ80. Is this stuff ok to shoot? I’ve read that the brass is brittle and can cause potential damage to firearm or personal injury. Supposedly a bad production lot? If true, any idea what months of production this pertains to?


#2

I can only speak from my own experience about this ammo, and only about the lot numbers we had at our store. I alluded to this year of TZ NATO ammo before on this forum. We bought a quantity of it years ago. As I recall it was less than ten years old when we got it. It was visually in mint condition in original packaging. Immediately, we had trouble with hang-fires with it. I don’t recall any problem relating to brittle brass, and no damage to firearms - only to the nerve of the inexperienced shooters who used it and had never experienced a hangfire previously. We did not sell much of it, as after the third or fourth complaint of hangfires, we withdrew it from sale and returned it to the supplier for a refund.

I cannot indict every round of this ammo made. We had only about 5,000 rounds of it, and that probably encompassed only a few, and perhaps a single manufacturing lot. I can just say what happened. It is interesting that complaints are circulating in other regards about the same date and manufacturer though.

Edited to correct spelling errors only.


#3

John,

Thanks for the info.
VLad