By: Rob Orgel, Emergency Response Tactical
In this article we'll be comparing some of the most popular American and Russian military ammo rounds side by side. We'll be taking a look at weapon platforms, projectile speeds, feel and ammo cost. Keep an eye out for a follow-up part 2 video where we will later put these rounds to the test against different types of body armor to see how they perform.
Let's set the stage. We are looking at the predominant calibers of both military over the last ten-plus years. We will be setting our sights on the two primary American military rounds, the 5.56x45mm M855 and the 7.62x51mm M80 ball round. Sure, there are new rounds that have a ton to offer the modern shooter and we will look further at those in another segment.
In the Russian corner, we will be focusing on the 5.45x39mm and 7.62x39mm M43 and the 7.62x54R.