3 Reasons the Russian Ammo Ban Won’t Kill The AK ~ VIDEO

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Just when ammo prices were beginning to come down, the totally legitimately-elected Biden administration’s State Department manages to conveniently ban all future imports of the only thing that kept shooters from financial ruin during the pandemicRussian ammo. Which has lead many to speculate that the Avtomat’s days are numbered; but thankfully, this isn’t the case.

Questionable Motivation

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Think things are bad now? This is what it cost me to order 1,000 rounds of Wolf 7.62x39mm in December of 2012. (Apparently, I should have ordered 100,000 rounds!) IMG Jim Grant

Before we get into it, make no mistake, this turn of events both objectively sucks, and is simply unhanded gun control. The fact that the State Department is allegedly enacting this ban as a punitive measure against Russia (Using the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991) over the country’s assassination of a political opponent using a biological agent should raise some eyebrows.

Not because such action shouldn’t be condemned – it totally should. But the motion doesn’t really make sense and fails to actually punish the individuals involved. Think of it this way, you had a neighbor whose teenage son always revs his crotch rocket bike at ungodly hours. So in order to get revenge, you sneak over at night and smash all the garden gnomes in his yard you’ve always hated.

Did you get revenge?

Sure, in a sense. But truthfully, you were just using the incident as an excuse to do what you really wanted – destroy those damn lawn ornaments.

And this latest piece of underhanded gun-control is much the same way. The Biden administration ironically hates the idea of a well-armed populace in the United States. I say ironically because they just allowed over $100 million worth of arms and ammo to fall into the hands of the Taliban after the disastrous decision to withdraw nearly all US forces from Afghanistan. So while an enemy we just spent 20 years trying to annihilate, 2,361 American lives, and reportedly $2 Trillion now has access to cutting edge weapons, at least American’s can’t buy cheap AK ammo anymore.

I know I sure feel safer now.

The Bright Side?

Honestly, there really isn’t one. But at least there are enough alternatives to Russian steel-cased ammo to keep shooters invested in the AK from selling their collections wholesale. So without further ado, let’s jump into the reasons this BS ban won’t kill my favorite rifle.

Yugoslavian M67 Surplus

One solid alternative to Russian steel-cased 7.62x39mm is Yugoslavian Surplus. But be careful, it’s corrosive. IMG Jim Grant

If you know anything about Yugoslavian AKs or SKS, you know the communist regime under Marshal Tito was never content to do things by the book. This is why Yugo-pattern AKs and SKS (M59/66) don’t have full parts commonality with standard AKM or SKS rifles. And so it came as no surprise to anyone when they decided to do their own take on standard military 7.62x39mm ammo.

While the Soviet Union was churning out  M43 steel-cased, mild-steel-core rounds, Yugoslavia instead chose to produce brass-cased, lead-core ammo that is more accurate has better terminal ballistics, and travels about 100 fps faster.

The downside? Yugoslavian M67 is corrosive – so shooters will have to clean their rifles after each shooting session. And while I’ve heard dozens of people suggest using Windex to clean their guns, I personally prefer using boiling water and if it’s really dirty, I’ll add dish soap. If you choose to add soap, be sure to pick one without hand-softeners or added scents.

Red Army Standard

Red Army Standard 762x39 Ammo
Yes, current imports of Red Army Standard originate in Russia, but in the past, Century Arms has imported ammo from other countries as well. IMG Jim Grant

Full disclosure, Red Army ammo is some of the least consistent – at least in terms of velocity – ammo for the AK on the market. The good news is that it’s good enough to run flawlessly in your favorite AK or SKS. That said, despite all the Soviet-style packaging, Red Army Standard ammo is actually new production ammo from Romania – or sometimes Russia or even the Ukraine. Basically, it’s a blanket product name Century Arms uses when importing ammunition from former Soviet Bloc countries.

The bad news is that the last batches of this ammo that Century brought in were from Russia. So they’re going to have to shift importation contracts to other countries. The good news is that Century is very experienced at doing just that, and has the capital to bring in millions of rounds of ammo from overseas despite having to sit on them for months waiting for customs to clear them.

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Think this ban will kill the AK? Nyet! There are plenty of other countries producing affordable steel-cased ammo American companies can import. IMG Jim Grant

Russian Ammo Isn’t Actually Banned

OK, this might seem confusing but hear me out. The ammo itself wasn’t banned, simply the approval of any new ATF Form 6s. AKA, “Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles”.

What’s the difference? The difference is that new importation requests aren’t going to be allowed from Russia. And that existing Form 6s are still valid until they expire – which is 1 year from the date of issue.  Meaning, for the next few months the supply of Russian ammo is essentially unchanged – and if the previous ban on Russian firearms and thus the availability of Veprs is any indication, we’ll still have access to this ammo for the next couple of years.

Russian Steel Ammo is Still in Stock!

But more importantly, this block of time allows importers to line up new sources of ammo overseas and potentially, some Russian businessmen to establish companies outside of their country to produce the same affordable ammo.

Don’t Panic!

Yes, the fact that the current administration is forcing backdoor gun control on us sucks. And hopefully, the legislative action purportedly brewing to challenge this ruling leads somewhere. But even if it doesn’t, you don’t need to go and max out your credit cards stacking pallets of Russian ammo. The price will likely drop down to pre-panic levels after a few months. Sure, if you’re all out, buy a case or two. But I wouldn’t waste my paycheck on a pallet just yet. Especially when the current prices aren’t good enough to warrant it.

About Jim Grant

Jim is one of the elite editors for AmmoLand.com, who in addition to his mastery of prose, can wield a camera with expert finesse. He loves anything and everything guns but holds firearms from the Cold War in a special place in his heart.

When he’s not reviewing guns or shooting for fun and competition, Jim can be found hiking and hunting with his wife Kimberly, and their dog Peanut in the South Carolina low country.

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uncle dudley

I must disagree with your opening statement about the Biden administration being totally legitimately elected, but that statement shouldn’t even appear in a story about ammunition. Any gun owner that voted for the clown in chief shot themselves in the foot, we all heard his plans to try and ban or restrict guns. If they really wanted to hurt Russia then why did they okay the pipeline that the Trump people put a stop on. American ammo producers need to produce more of the 762×39 to pick up the slack of the Russia import ban, we need to employ more… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

I took the commemt about the usurper as tongue-in-cheek.


not only did they approve the Russian pipeline, but Russia is now the second largest exporter of oil into the united states after Canada, a loyal and secure supplier. Oh and what was Uncle Joe’s first official act as president; he cancelled the keystone pipeline that would have made 900,000 barrels of secure Canadian oil available to the U.S. daily to satisfy the looney left of the democrats. This is all part of the wealth transfer plan of the left wingers, destroy the economy of Canadas western provinces which satisfies the Canadian lefties, raise gas prices in the U,S. and… Read more »


There were no candidates in the last Presidential election that were pro-2nd Amendment. That’s why no criminal in government gets charged with crimes, and why our rights continue to go away no matter which party is in power.


Our rights go away because of a complacent and apathetic citizenry that is too self-absorbed in their own special interests and/or elective bubbles and not focusing on the country as a whole and what is best for ALL citizens…


They had to approve the pipeline because of climate change. How else to burn all that oil and hasten proof of concept?


Remember, Hoppe’s No. 9 Solvent was made to clean up the effects of corrosive ammo. It works very well.


I read elsewhere that the form 6 is valid for 24 months from date of issuance, and has been since 2014. FWIW.


The article is correct in that it the AK legacy will not be destroyed. Deep State runs the corrupt gubMINT. Not Re-Bloodlicans or Demo-Crips. Biden was not legitimately elected & Trump is not 100% for America. The technique of infamy is to invent two lies & have people continually arguing over whic lie is true (e.g. left/right or Vax / not Vac. Opinion is the medium between ignorance & knowledge. A quick review of Trump’s actions tell us the truth when you take the typical polemic emotionalism out of the left/right polemic Trump vs. Biden proposition & simply reveal the… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Tank

How sad, can’t post photos?

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PTB don’t want critical thinkers transferring too much knowledge/wisdom by using memes. Ever notice libtards & Barking Moonbats can’t use Memes ?

Something to it & about they’re brains & emotional thinking blockage won’t allow conceptual thinking & facts to steer they’re logos/nous.

The Chief differences are in they’re operating system designs.

One use gas/piston “DI” & one uses a rod/piston. AK47/74 uses a barrel pressed in a trunnion the M4/M16/AR15/AR10 uses a barrel nut-receiver interface to mount the barrel. They both essentially launch a missile through a tube.

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APG member

In my version of a free society no government agency would be able to dictate whether or not I choose to purchase Russian ammunition or Iranian dates. And I would be at liberty to boycott either.

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Just about every single thing is wrong in this article. All ammo manufactured in Russia is banned from import. So no one is going to be able to move Tula headstamped ammo to Finland and then re-export it. I believe there are 3 different ammo factories in Russia, Tula, Barnaul and Uly. They are all using machines that are completely paid off and labor that is extremely cheap. Ukraine’s only ammo factory is in the Donbas region and is now under the control of Russian separatists and is no longer functioning. The machines have been removed from Ukraine and transported… Read more »

Henry Bowman

Biden: bans Russian guns/ammo