Russian Military Has An Ammunition Reliability Problem

War Is Boring: Russian Soldiers Are Complaining About Exploding Guns

Modern weapons with ammo problems.

Russian infantry weapons have a reputation for reliability. The AK and PKM are renowned for enduring through adverse conditions, powered by their powerful long-stroke piston actions. However, a recent report by suggests that when these weapons do fail in Russian service, the problem is often not in their design, but rather in the Russian ammunition they fire.

This is not a new phenomenon. Russian imported ammunition to the United States has always been regarded as “budget” brands, with inconsistent quality. But apparently, the same problems apply to Russian military ammunition.

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WNU editor: This is a problem that I have been hearing about from family members and friends who have served in the Soviet/Russian military for years.

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