You know what makes the AK-47 and SKS so fun to shoot? Everything. Everything about them is fun to shoot. The crude lines, the loose and simple action, the rough finish. They are just great fun to shoot. But the clincher is price point! Everything comes down to money sooner or later. It doesn’t get much cheaper in a centerfire rifle to shoot than the 7.62X39mm, which is undoubtedly why American firearm manufacturers have caught on and embraced this Soviet-bloc relic.
Maybe ‘embraced’ is too strong of a word. Accepted? That’s probably closer. But a few companies have decided that there is money to be had by plugging this workhorse caliber into their lineups. Ruger has included it in their American series, and a slew of manufacturers have built upper receivers for AR-pattern rifles. A few have even gone so far as creating custom lowers which are distinctly Stoner yet accept all AK magazines.
So what’s the big deal with this caliber? Unlike the NATO standard 5.56X45mm, the 7.62X39mm has a little more body mass behind it. It hits a little softer than the infamous .30-30 Winchester, but it’s cheaper to buy and way easier on the old shoulder to practice with all day.
Tula has been making this stuff for a lot of years, and chances are high that we have all shot it at one time or another. This is the classic 124 grain FMJ bullet from a steel case; nothing fancy here, just like the rifles it was designed for. Inexpensive, reliable, plentiful, and effective. Pick up a few boxes of it today and go unleash on an unsuspecting tree trunk/junk car/dirt mound!
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