Unknown 7.62x39


#1

Just got this pic of an unidentified 7.62x39, no additional info provided. Looks Russian to me. Any thoughts?


#2

Looking at it again, appears to be the Russian letters ? P Z. “Something” Patronyi Zavod?


#3

Zinc plated steel? Sure would suggest Russia. For what it’s worth, the triangular mark at 9 o’clock is typical of the ejector mark left by an AK type weapon…

AKMS


#4

Yes, looks like zinced steel, but waiting on info or confirmation.


#5

That first letter is turned the wrong way to be a Russian Cyrillic letter, but it could be the Ukrainian Cyrillic letter representing the sound “IE.” I still can’t identify it though, as the commercial headstamp I have on Makarov from Ukraine is LPZ (in Cyrillic) for Lugansk Patronney Zavod.

Interesting headstamp I have never seen before on any cartridge. Good stuff! Thanks for posting it Jon.


#6

Might it be “BPZ”/“БПЗ”? I’ve heard this is a mark used by Barnaul, but haven’t seen it before.


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#8

Great ID - can’t get better than that. I see now that the cross bar in the first character is visible. I did not see it initially, as it is in shadow. It looked like a backwar “3” to me initially.

Anyone know if this headstamp has been seen on 9mm Para or 9 x 18 Makarov?