AAC Soviet Ammo 7.62×39 Steel Case Ammo Now Shipping

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by Daniel Y

Palmetto State Armory sub-company AAC is officially a player in the steel-cased ammunition game. After some previous teases at the SHOT Show, their Soviet Arms steel case 7.62×39 ammo is finally shipping. Let’s see what it offers.


Steel cased ammo was the option of choice for budget-conscious shooters for many decades. But like too many imported goods in the firearm sector, it eventually fell prey to import restrictions and dried up. There is still some Tula and Wolf steel case kicking around on shelves at local gun stores, but it is quite a bit more expensive and harder to find than it used to be.

This left a hole in the market, and PSA is finally starting to fill it. The new Soviet Arms load is a 122-grain FMJ bullet pushed to 2,375 FPS. Unlike much of the Combloc ammo it is replacing, AAC’s steel case ammo is fully non-corrosive. The 123-grain black tip is loaded to the same velocity but has improved terminal ballistics. It runs for $10.99 for 20 rounds. While it lasted, the FMJ ammo was $8.99 for a box of 20 rounds. PSA also has a 250-round box for 129.99. PSA has also shown off samples of 7.62x54R and 5.45×39 ammo in the past. Perhaps we will even see some steel 223 ammo someday.

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From the manufacturer:

The 7.62x39mm 122gr FMJ Non-Corrosive Steel Case Ammunition from AAC delivers superior performance when you need it most.

Designed for use in a variety of applications and manufactured through AAC’s advanced research, design, and engineering process with state-of-the-art, quality machines, and materials.

Each round is coated with our proprietary Soviet Slick™ coating. This coating is designed to aid in functioning and prevent corrosion of the steel case.

Rigorously refined by AAC through multiple quality control checkpoints from conception to production. AAC Components make projectiles for the shooter who values attention to detail, quality, and advanced reliability.

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Daniel Y
Daniel Y

AKA @fromtheguncounter on Instagram. Gun nerd, reloader, attorney, and mediocre hunter. Daniel can still be found on occasion behind the counter at a local gun store. When he is not shooting, he enjoys hiking, camping, and rappelling around Utah.

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  • Laserbait Laserbait on May 08, 2024

    I wonder if they have new equipment for making the steel cases, or did they buy some old com-bloc equipment. Not that it really matters, just kinda curious.

  • Armed Partisan Armed Partisan on May 09, 2024

    So, I don't see whether it is Boxer or Berdan primed, although I assume the latter. One imagines that if the Soviets could develop the technology to produce steel cased ammunition in the 1950's (or perhaps earlier), without the benefit of Numerical Control machining (NC; pre-CNC) which the West was developing at that time, it follows logically that any modern, large ammunition manufacturer could easily produce the technology to make steel cases as good or better than the Russians. In theory, making it domestically from domestically sourced materials should be cheaper than importing it from a county with similar labor costs (even if they have less-strict environmental regs). I wonder who is producing the powder?

    • John John on May 12, 2024

      @Armed Partisan The average salary in Russia is a lot lower (though it goes a lot longer as they don't have to pay massive premiums for housing far away from urban thugs) but their environmental regulations are much more strict. All balances out in the end.