Red Army Elite 9x18 Mak - Range Report

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Red Army Elite 9x18 Mak - Range Report

Postby GuitarmanNick » April 15th, 2017, 12:29 pm

This morning I put 100 rounds of this through my P-64 with the following results.

Almost every round keyholed at 25 feet! I also had 6 rounds that did not fire the first time I squeezed the trigger. Cocking the hammer and firing again did not work either. All 6 rounds did fire after being reinserted into a magazine and cycled again. The primers had only a small imprint from the firing pin when I first ejected them, I am using Wolff recoil, hammer and firing pin springs. I had no such problems when I used PRVI Partizan ammo on my last trip to the range.

When I got home, I checked to see if there was a difference in the bullets. Not having a micrometer, I used a pair of vise grips to gauge the bullets by closing them onto the PRVI Partizan bullet first and then sliding the Red Army Elite into the jaws. The result is that the RAE bullet appears to be just a little smaller in diameter. This explains the keyholing!

The RAE also seems to pack more of a punch as I had slide bite after about 50 rounds and switched to shooting with my left hand. I have the PolishIron grip on my P-64 and had no problems with firing the PRVI Partizan.

If you are looking for cheap ammo for plinking and decent brass for reloading, this may be for you. Your groups will not be indicative of the weapon's true capabilities, either.
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Re: Red Army Elite 9x18 Mak - Range Report

Postby Curly1 » April 15th, 2017, 1:02 pm

Good to know, thanx for posting.
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Re: Red Army Elite 9x18 Mak - Range Report

Postby Ketchman » April 15th, 2017, 1:26 pm

wow, keyholing 9x18 ammo from a 9x18 pistol because the bullets are too small in diameter made by the people who INVENTED THE 9X18!!!! Aint that some strange sh#%&!!! :roll:
Thanks for the range report, like Curly said, good to know.
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