The 7.62×39mm (aka 7.62 Soviet or formerly .30 Russian Short) round is a rimless bottlenecked intermediate cartridge of Soviet origin that was designed during World War II. Due to the worldwide proliferation of the Soviet SKS and AK-47 pattern rifles, as well as RPD and RPK light machine guns, the cartridge is used by both militaries and civilians alike.
Shortly after World War II, the AK-47 was designed, later becoming the world's most widespread military-pattern rifle. The cartridge remained the Soviet standard until the 1970s. It was largely replaced in Soviet service by the 5.45×39mm cartridge, which was introduced with the new AK-74 rifle, and continues in service with the modernized current-issue Russian Armed Forces AK-74M service rifle, as well as the future AK-12 service rifle. In the 21st century the 7.62×39mm remains a common service rifle chambering, including for newly developed rifles.

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  1. BrianHillsboro

    MMC Armory 7.62x39 pistol kit

    Bought one of these cause they were priced ridiculously. $204 shipped. Everything minus lower and BCG/CH. I'm not expecting much out of it, just seeing if any of ya'll had any experience with one. MMC armory Black Mast kit sold from Davidson defense.
  2. unionguy

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