Apparently...BATFE has just recently banned the importation of 5.45x39 7N6 [steel core] Russian ammo. ATF slapped the hammer down, when somebody built
a pistol that can shoot the 5.45x39 armor piercing round; which has nothing to do with current sanctions on Russia.
From what I understand, there's been a few 5.45x39 pistols floating around in the US for a couple years now. I believe the first was made roughly 2
years ago. Not many have been made because the ATF says that once you make a pistol that can fire steel core ammunition, no steel core military
surplus ammunition of that caliber may be imported.
Key words from what the ATF says - "Steel core (armor piercing by their definition)", and "military surplus".
This is basically the same repeat of what happened to 7.62x39 back in the mid 90's. I believe the company was Olympic Arms, and they made the first
7.62x39 pistol, which made the ATF ban 7.62x39 military surplus steel core. Olympic Arms really took a lot of heat from the gun community for this,
since the days of super cheap 7.62x39 were over, as now super cheap 5.45x39 is over.
If there's one positive that can be the outcome of this, is that there will now be an massive influx of 5.45x39 pistols being made and hitting the
market. The same happened since 7.62x39 mil surp was banned. 7.62x39 pistols have flooded the market and are now cheaper than the cheapest AK
I'm not quite sure...but I believe ATF has also banned the sale of this type of ammo, here in the United States. Any verification of this, will be
greatly appreciated by me.
It's only the importation of the military surplus steel core. The importers filing Form 6's for ammo imports will be denied to import 7n6 ammo. There
will still be the commercial, non mil surp ammo on the shelves. Im guessing companies like Monarch, Tula, Wolf, and Red Army Standard will capitalize
on this and will ramp up/start sending their commercial 5.45 over the sea here in much larger quantities. This could lead to a fall in commercial
5.45, since these companies will be flooding the market with their ammo and also competing against eachother.
For example, look at the prices of Tula, Monarch, or Wolf 7.62x39 ammo. It's some of the cheapest rifle ammo out there at the moment. The lowest price
of those are 21 or 22 cents a round currently, and it's extremely abundant.
When the 7n6 was the cheapest in the past few months, it was 15 to 18 cents a round. Compared to the other cheapest 5.45 ammo currently, Wolf, Silver
Bear, and Red Army Standard are selling it for roughly 24 to 25 cents a round. Let those companies ramp up production and flood the market, and you
will see the 24 to 25 cents per round drop to the same as commercial 7.62x39. There's probably going to be a small increase in the price of 5.45
commercial ammo for a little while (maybe a year at most), but it will drop once the market is flooded.
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