ATI importing Turkish surplus ammunition

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

ATI is importing 5.56mm NATO and 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition from Turkey. It is manufactured by Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation ( MKEK), the Turkish state owned arms and munitions manufacturer.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Alan Alan on Mar 14, 2010

    I bought two cases of the ATI distributed Turkish MKE 7.62 NATO (1980 rounds) and one case of the 5.56 NATO. The 5.56 functioned well. However, the 7.62 did not. Out of a 30 round sample... EVERY single round failed. All but two rounds would would feed and eject but not cycle the action sufficiently to chamber a new round. The case rim on each round was pulled partially through by the extractor. The two remaining rounds failed to extract and the case head rim on both was ripped off, taking the rifle out of action till a cleaning rod could be borrowed from the range house. The rounds were fired out of a stock Rock River LAR-08 which performed perfectly with an assortment of other brands of ammo. The consensus is that the brass is over annealed, consequently the cases are soft and over expand and stick in the chamber, the case heads are insufficiently work hardened and cannot take the stress of extraction. Lot No: 8-1/2008. This kind of general failure tends to imply that the published factory testing standards are hogwash!

  • Dv Dv on Mar 25, 2013

    15 rounds fired, 11 rounds jammed due to case expansion, in an Entreprise Arms STG58C. I'm destroying the rest of this garbage.

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