Finally, at long last, in this category you will find 5.45x39mm ammunition for the AK-74 owner that directly relates to what was previously only available in .223/5.56mm ammunition for the AR owner. We have developed rounds in standard SS109 Match types, tracer and incendiary which now opens the military specialty ammo world to the AK-74 owner. No more plain old FMJ.
Working as time allowed, the project took nearly a year but was well worth it. It has allowed us to finally be able to offer some factual answers (at least in regard to ammunition performance and power) to a question long talked over and argued about in military firearm circles for years...namely, which is better, the M-16/AR-15 in .223/5.56 NATO cal. or the AK-74 in 5.45x39mm. After pondering this same question for a long time ourselves, we believe we can finally put the matter to rest and we developed some new ammunition offerings in the process. The facts we observed are noted below. So, if you've ever thought that your AK-74 could really perform if only you could find some quality ammunition rather than corrosive surplus ammo or plain Jane, 60gr. FMJ or HP from Russia, now you can know.
Deuce 45's, Inc. AK-74 ammunition origins and test results.
It should be noted that no brass cases exist as of yet for the 5.45x39mm round. New cases were harvested from new, non-corrosive, berdan-primed ammunition made by Tula or Wolf (basically the same thing anyway although Wolf would have everyone believe that their ammo is better even though they are made in the same factory). We found that the poly-coated cases give the best performance. All bullets used are of U.S. manufacture with the exception of the Israeli SS109 nickel, match bullets made by IMI. All bullets used are put through a proprietary down-sizing process to arrive at the correct bullet diameter of .221 cal. Test results with final production loads were interesting.
AK-74 Test Firing Results: (All FPS numbers given are the result of the average of five, random rounds fired.) (Rifle used was a standard, Soviet made AK-74 with 16" barrel.)
5.45x39mm 62gr. Match SS109 AP Ammo: FPS = 2,885 with a max. deviation of 49 FPS
(Note: This round was tested for accuracy from an older, Soviet made AK-74. Firing from the bench, at 50 meters, this round rountely achieved sub one inch groups. The best being a 0.879, three shot group (in the center 10 ring) using just its plain, iron sights. At 50 meters, the front sight post covers the 5 ½ dia. Shoot-N-C target completely from side to side. The 5 ½ target bull is numbered and ringed 7-10 with the 10 ring being 1 5/8 in diameter. Not a bad feat for a military rifle.)
5.45x39mm 62gr. Nickel Match SS109 AP Ammo: FPS = 2,905 with a max. deviation of 18 FPS
(Note: This round was tested for accuracy from a new, Arsenal, Inc. made, standard AK-74. Firing from the bench, at 75 meters, with a 1x power, 3 moa, red dot sight this round rountely achieved near half inch groups. The best being a 0.545, three shot group (in the center 10 ring). At 75 meters, the red dot completely covers the 9 and 10 rings of the 5 ½ dia. Shoot-N-C target. The 5 ½ target bull is numbered and ringed 7-10 with the 10 ring being 1 5/8 in diameter. This is nice accuracy from any rifle.)
5.45x39mm 62gr. Tracer Ammo: FPS = 2,925 with a max. deviation of 55 FPS
5.45x39mm 56gr. Incendiary Ammo: FPS = 3,000 with a max. deviation of 32 FPS
It is interesting to note that we also compared standard NATO-spec. SS019 (M-855), M-856 tracer and Incendiary ammo fired through an AR-15 (C.A.R.) with a 16" barrel. Results are listed below...guess who won.
AR-15 Test Firing Results: (All FPS numbers given are the result of the average of five, random rounds fired.) (Rifle used was a standard, Olympic Arms made AR-15 with 16" barrel.)
5.56x45mm (.223 cal.) M-855 Ammo: FPS = 2,762
5.56x45mm (.223 cal.) M-856 Ammo: FPS = 2,758
5.56x45mm (.223 cal.) IC Ammo: FPS = 2,853
The last test we did was born of a question posed by a good friend of mine who asked what would be the direct comparison between the current U.S. / NATO issue M-4 carbine and the AK-74 standard issue rifle and ammo each against the other. The results? Sell your M-4! :) Just kidding.
Test Firing Results: (Standard issue U.S. M-4 carbine with standard, 14" barrel shooting standard issue, Lake City M-855 ammo.) (FPS numbers given are the result of the average of five, random rounds fired.)
FPS = 2,693
Test Firing Results: (Standard issue Russian AK-74 with standard 16" barrel shooting standard issue, Russian 7N6 ammo.) (FPS numbers given are the result of the average of five, random rounds fired.)
FPS = 3,003
The difference is 310 FPS. This represents a significant if not substantial performance advantage. The performance edge is clearly with the AK-74 and the 5.45x39 round especially when considering that the 5.45x39 round uses a noticeably smaller case and powder charge than the 5.56x45 and uses its smaller powder charge much more efficiently.
Well, there you have it. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab at the bottom of this page.
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Deuce 45's, Inc.