Venezuelan 7.62x39?

Does anyone know if Venezuela makes 7.62x39 ammo (apparently they recently acquired the equipment to do so)?

If so, any idea of the headstamp they do or might use?

CAVIM (Compania Anonima Venezolana de Industias Militares) is the current headstamp. Why change?

Many thanks!

At one time, Venezuela made this caliber. I had a brass cased blank cartridge with the headstamp “CAVIM 84”. There is also anectdotal evidence of the manufacture of unheadstamped ball cartridges around this same time frame. I heard this from someone who was in Venezuela some time ago. Apparently he knew someone who worked at CAVIM and was shown an unmarked box of unheadstamped 7.62x39mm cartridges that were made there.

I do not know anything about recent manufacture.


Thanks again.

I think I read somewhere that they were putting an AK factory next to CAVIM. If you ever drive from Caracas to Morrocoy (awesome beaches), you’ll pass by CAVIM complex. Soon we’ll be collecting ammo with Chavez’s name in the headstamp.