Kalashnikov announces its own line of Ammunition

    Just earlier this week Kalashnikov announced its own line of rifle cartridges.

    Well, actually the Tula factory will be packaging their ammunition into boxes with the Kalashnikov logo.

    It’s a marketing trick used by many other ammunition manufacturers as well, to develop a new market and offer types of ammunition they cannot make themselves.

    As TFB reported before, Kalashnikov is doing their best to develop their brand. For instance: Kalashnikov opens store at Moscow Airport.

    However, depending on the success Tula and Kalashnikov may come up with a new mutually developed round.

    From the release (auto-translated from Russian):

    The Kalashnikov group of companies announces the start of sales of its line of cartridges under its own brand.

    Cartridges will be produced in conjunction with the Tula Cartridge Plant.

    The Kalashnikov range of cartridges includes all the main calibers and types of ammunition used in both training and sport shooting, and in hunting.

    Pistol calibers are represented by the most massive ammunition 9×18 Makarov and 9×19 Luger. The range designed for long-barreled weapons offers 5.45×39, .223Rem, 7.62×39, .308Win and 7.62x54R cartridges with various types of bullets – FMJ, SP and HP.

    Kalashnikov branded cartridges are fully compatible with civilian weapons under the trademarks AK and Baikal, designed for the use of these types of ammunition.

    On the official website of the Kalashnikov Group, you can find the full list of ammunition on offer: https://ak.kalashnikovgroup.ru/catalog/patrony

    A fun fact is that they also offer online ordering, BUT only for certain regions.

    A few of the most interesting (in my opinion) rounds can be found below. (again, auto-translated from Russian):

    9×19 Luger FMJ – the most common among pistol cartridges with a shell bullet. The first samples were developed in 1902 by the Austrian gunsmith Georg Luger and since then have been used in weapons of almost all countries of the world. Due to its light weight and high speed, the cartridge is successfully used in practical shooting in the disciplines of “gun” and PCC.

    Fully compatible with civilian weapons under the trademarks AK and Baikal, designed for the use of this ammunition.
    Appointment: sports, training shooting

    Polymer-phosphate coating liner
    Bimetal shell of a bullet
    possibility of use in shooting clubs certified for pistol shooting used in the new discipline of practical shooting – PCC (carbine with a pistol cartridge)

     

    5.45×39 FMJ – low-pulse intermediate cartridge with a shell bullet. This ammunition is actively used in practical shooting. It has a high initial speed, a small mass of a bullet and a small impulse.

    Fully compatible with civilian weapons under the trademarks AK and Baikal, designed for the use of this ammunition.

    Appointment: sport, hunting, training shooting

    Bimetal shell of a bullet
    Polymer-phosphate coating liner

    .223 REM (5.56×45) FMJ – cartridge with a shell bullet. Due to its qualities, it is a popular cartridge for hunting, training and sports.

    Fully compatible with civilian weapons under the trademarks AK and Baikal, designed for the use of this ammunition.

    Appointment: sport, hunting, training shooting

    Bimetal shell of a bullet
    Polymer-phosphate coating liner

     

    7.62×39 FMJ- classic cartridge with a shell bullet, a prototype of which was developed in the USSR in 1943

    Due to its outstanding characteristics, this ammunition has become the most massive intermediate cartridge ever created.

    Fully compatible with civilian weapons under the trademarks AK and Baikal, designed for the use of this ammunition.

    Appointment: hunting, training shooting

    Bimetallic bullet coating
    Polymer-phosphate coating liner

     

    Of course, they also offer .308 Win and 7,62x54R.

     

    You can find TulAmmo here: http://tulammo.ru/en/

     

    What do you think of this marketing trick?

    Are you willing to buy this Kalashnikov ammunition over the Tula brand?

    Which round do you think Tula and Kalashnikov should offer to the market?

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too. TCCC Certified medic.


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