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7.62 NATO vs 7.62 Soviet: Which One is Right for You?

The 7.62 NATO and 7.62 Soviet cartridges may seem identical in terms of caliber. But that’s where the similarities stop. The cartridges have different power loads and grain sizes, accompanied by entirely different backgrounds. Learn about the difference between the two before deciding which one to get.

The Original Purpose of the 7.62 Cartridges

The 7.62 NATO is a 7.62x51mm ammunition cartridge that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) designed for use by all of its forces. It was designed to ease cartridge pressure and feeding issues.

The 7.62 NATO debuted at the same time as the M14 rifle did, but it wasn’t until the Vietnam War that American forces used them for combat. Eventually, this duo was replaced by the iconic M16 rifle and the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge. Nevertheless, the 7.62 NATO remains highly regarded today. It’s still a cartridge of choice for mounted machine guns and sniper rifles.

On the other side, we have the 7.62×39 ammunition, which is commonly referred to as the 7.62 Soviet cartridge. It’s an all-around cartridge that the Soviet Union used near the end of World War II.

Shortly after the second World War, Mikhail Kalashnikov developed the gas-operated AK-47 rifle featuring the 7.62 Soviet cartridge. The AK-47 quickly gained popularity for its reliability in rugged conditions as well as for hunting. The rifle’s high availability made it a favorite among military personnel and private gun-owners. And with it, the 7.62 Soviet cartridge also became a mainstay.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a 7.62

The 7.62 NATO and 7.62 Soviet cartridges may have the same diameter. But that doesn’t  mean that they’re interchangeable. They still have varying case length.

There are many factors involved in differentiating the 7.62 cartridges. The most important factors include availability, velocity, energy, and trajectory.

Learn more about these:

Availability

The 7.62 Soviet is arguably more accessible, much like it’s dependable partner, the AK-47 rifle. And although brand prices vary, it’s usually more affordable than the 7.62 NATO ammunition.

Velocity

The 7.62 NATO has a heavier projectile than its Sovier counterpart. But it has faster velocity. It reaches up to 2,800 feet/second whereas the 7.62 Soviet only reaches up to 2,350 feet/second.

Energy

The 7.62 NATO has a greater powder load and a heavier bullet. So it’s no surprise that the 7.62 NATO cartridge delivers a higher muzzle energy than the 7.62 Soviet cartridge.

Trajectory

It’s no secret that the 7.62 NATO cartridge has a smoother trajectory than the 7.62 Soviet cartridge, which can drop almost twice as hard as the 7.62 NATO at the same distance.

Given these factors, it’s clear that the 7.62 NATO cartridge wins in accuracy and long-distance shooting. The 7.62 Soviet cartridge is ideal if you’re more interested in high-volume shooting. But both are tried-and-tested cartridges for today’s gun enthusiasts.

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Back to Basics: Choosing a Worthwhile Range Bag

The gun enthusiasts and vendors at our local gun shows engage in oftentimes long discussions about the best firearms, ammunition, and shooting essentials — and rightfully so. You have to know all of your options before deciding what to purchase. But there’s one thing that’s almost always overlooked in these discussions: range bags.

You have to choose a range based on your weapon’s size and configuration. It should keep your firearms safe and your gear organized for smooth operations on the range. Of course, you also have to consider other essentials that should be in it.

What’s in the bag?

Your range bag is meant to keep everything you need in one organized place so that you don’t have to spend too much time searching for your shooting essentials. But before you buy a bag, narrow down the items you need based on your preferences and training environment.

Every range bag should have these essentials:

  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Rapid-application tourniquet
  • Emergency personal injury kit
  • Ammunition for when you’re on the range
  • Cloth to wipe down and polish your firearm

You may also want to pack a handy cleaning kit and general-purpose tools to keep your equipment in great condition. The bag should have everything you need for every trip to the gun range.

In addition to the basics, consider your personal training habits and training environment.

What type of gun do you use? Do you shoot indoors or outdoors? Do you prefer standing target practice or dynamic shooting activities? Pack your range bag based on what you need for your specific situation.

How do you choose a bag?

After you’ve made an inventory of everything you need to pack in your range bag, figure out the best type of bag to bring with you. It boils down to the following factors:

  • Material and Construction

The first thing you have to consider is the material used for your range bag. It must be durable, something that can be dragged around and tossed onto vehicle trunks without tearing. Take note of box X stitching at stress points of the bag — this pattern indicates a strong weight-bearing bag that can support your gun, ammo, and equipment.

  • Shoulder Straps and Carry Handles

Imagine being high on firing adrenaline, and you think nothing can stop you, but your shoulders start hurting because of the weight of your gear bag. You can prevent this from happening by choosing a bag with padded straps and handles. On a related note, interior padding can keep your firearm and ammo extra safe in the container.

  • Custom Configuration

When you’re on the lookout for quality range bags, don’t just consider the bags on the shelf. Maybe you’ll find someone who can customize your bag’s interior configurations and external compartments based on your unique preferences and needs. You may even have velcro patches customized just for your bag.

Visit one of our local gun shows in Phoenix and talk to fellow gun enthusiasts who can help find the right range bag for you. Contact us today for inquiries.

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The Best Way to Sell Guns: A Look Into Gun Shows and Gun Retail Stores

If you’re looking to sell firearms, knowing how to set up shop will be crucial to your business’s success. You can either set up a physical store or you can showcase your goods at a gun show. Today, we will look at the benefits and challenges of both.

GUN RETAIL STORES

PROS

Gun stores remain profitable

Operating a firearm retail business still has the potential to be profitable in the United States. A startup could cost between $10,000 and $50,000, and a well-operated gun business could return a six-figure annual income.

IBIS World reported in 2019 that the demand for guns rose over the past five years, due to consumers’ fear of the government implementing stricter gun restrictions. This pushed them to purchase more guns and ammunitions.

Personal experience

When buying a firearm, most people still prefer the gun shop experience over shopping online. People generally enjoy the fact that the person behind the counter is knowledgeable about guns and is probably a gun owner themselves.

CONS

Dealers can be sources of trafficked guns

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said that dealers were connected with over 40,000 trafficked guns confiscated between June 1996 and December 1998.

This was primarily due to oversight of violating dealers. The ATF may conduct only one unannounced inspection per year. Serious violations of firearms laws have been classified as misdemeanors rather than felonies. The weak penalties limit the effectiveness of anti-trafficking efforts.

It can be difficult to set up shop

Unlike other retail businesses, a gun shop can be harder to establish.

You’ll have to apply for a Federal Firearms License or the FFL. The ATF then runs a background check on you, and ask details like where you’re planning to sell. In California, for example, gun shops must be at least 500 feet away of schools, liquor stores, residential areas or other gun stores.

Opening a gun shop can be lucrative, but it comes with strict rules.

GUN SHOWS

Gun Show

PROS

Buyers have more options

In a gun show, hundreds of gun stores converge in one place to hawk their products. Shoppers can browse through hundreds of guns from different dealers at the same time, instead of driving to various gun stores.

Thousands of people attend the more than 4,000 gun shows held in the country each year. It’s estimated that 4 to 9 percent of annual firearm sales came from gun shows.

Little to no regulations

Many US states have little to no regulations on selling firearms at gun shows. These include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

CONS

The ‘gun show loophole’

While the Gun Control Act of 1968 requires anyone in the business of selling guns to have an FFL, if a supplier is selling from their private collection, they may not be required to have a license to sell at gun shows. An ordinary citizen, who does not fit under the definition of a dealer, faces no requirements under the federal law. Some of them boast the hassle-free “no paperwork” deals to set themselves apart from licensed competitors.

In Pennsylvania, a seller without a federal license can sell several types of guns, even without undergoing FBI checks. Historically, gun shows have resulted in many arrests, like the sales of guns to convicted criminals and the possession of prohibited firearms like machine guns.

No selling of firearms

In some states, gun shows are regulated, or at least have some kind of regulation. Check this helpful guide to see if your state is bound by gun show regulations.

In New Jersey, while it doesn’t explicitly prohibit gun shows, its state law restricts the sale of firearms at gun shows. No retail dealer is permitted to conduct a retail business in a mobile or temporary facility. Regarding ammunition, however, NJ allows the display, trade or transfer of ammunition between collectors at gun shows.

If you’re looking to stock up on gun or ammunition supplies, visit our gun shows in Phoenix. We, at Arizona Gun Sales, are just as passionate about guns as you. We host local gun shows that feature high-quality vendors and unique collectibles that will help you find the product you need.