Soviet 7.62x25mm Helmet Test


Can anyone provide detailed information about Soviet made 7.62x25mm Helmet Test cartridges? Specificly projectile type (steel cored, lead cored or something different than a regular ball projectile) and powder charge/velocity specs. What is the correct color code for these?



Soviet have brown tips, Polish yellow. Another Polish variation, supposedly out of Egypt, has OD green tips. I can’t comment on loads or velocities, but I think all the projos are lead cored.


What is helmet test?


Vlad-Helment Test cartridges are just what the sound like. They are special cartridges loaded to a prescribed velocity, usually useing a special bullet of prescribed shape or hardness to test materails for making helments or to test for penitration of helment designs at various distances and impact angles.