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Cartridge of the Month February 2008

7.62 x 54mmR Czarist Armor Piercing
Specimen and photos courtesy of Paul Smith

The first Armor Piercing round in 7.62 x 54mmR Russian caliber was developed during the First World War and produced in Imperial Russia. The earliest known headstamp is from 1916, although it is possible that they were produced earlier.


The projectile is somewhat unique in design. In consists of a tapered steel core held within a copper cup within a CN jacket. The tip is closed with a relatively thick copper tip.

The headstamp of this round is 11 16 (and is raised).

It is interesting to note that the design of this projectile more closely resembles the post-war design illustrated in Labbett and Mead. This later projectile was evaluated in the UK in 1927.



Peter Labbett and P.J.F. Mead, The 7.62 x 54 Cartridge (Imperialist Russia and Communist), page 8.

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