TLP 262 - THE AK KORNER Part 3: AK-47 Ballistics
We are back with the 3rd installment of our 12 part series called The Talking Lead AK Korner presented by Pioneer Arms Corp! Ballistics is the topic of the day and to help Lefty and Shwell talk about the AK-47 round and more the guys call in the man who literally wrote the book on the AK-47, BOOK OF THE AK-47, Mr. David Fortier with Firearms News Magazine.
David brings decades of experience to this episode of the AK Korner. After a decade in the Military Aerospace industry David began a writing career in the firearms industry penning articles for dozens of popular titles. He is the recipient of the prestigious Carl Zeiss Outdoors Writer of the Year award. David has expertise on foreign small arms, ammunition and optics. In 2007 during the Iraq War he was embedded with the U.S. Army as a war correspondent.
David starts off by telling us about the famous AK-47 ammunition, the 7.62x39mm round. The 7.62×39mm round is a rimless bottlenecked intermediate cartridge of Soviet origin that was designed during World War II. As the discussion progresses we learn about the AK-74 round, the 5.45x39mm round and the Dragunov's 7.62x54mmR round. David also enlightens us on some rounds that were directly derived from the 7.62x39mm round the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 9x39mm.