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PART 1 5.45×39: The little axe cuts down a big tree.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take on wide-spread recognition until well into the second half of the century.
We speak, of course, of the works of Vladimir Grigoryevich Fedorov.
As the result of all experimental work, final bullet length and weight were designed to be 25.55mm and 3.4g respectively. First two million of experimental rounds were manufactured using necked down 7.62×39 cases.
New powder had higher gravimetric density and energy coefficient. Extended trials at Odessa military district were held and revealed that round with such aggressively sloping case wall have presented a number of challenges when adopted to full-auto rifles.
The idea of a small caliber general purpose round with optimized ballistics for individual automatic weapons was first proposed in the early 20th century.
These would lay the groundwork for a future 5.45×39 – round that took almost 10 years to develop.
This unusually long time can be explained by the fact that designers were forced to seek a ‘golden middle’ between seemingly conflicting requirements for a new proposed cartridge.
This is Part 1 on a two-part article on the 5.45x39mm cartridge.
Both articles contain information virtually unknown in the West.