|Foreword - Purpose of this Page|
those, wondering - what an odd topic for a webpage - be assured, the
subject of cartridges is most thrilling for many people. Most
individuals interested in this topic start collecting these things, and
the enthusiastic collectors organize in cartridge collector
For further information please proceed to www.ecra.info or www.cartridgecollectors.org.
military ammunition of
western countries is not really confidential, the former Soviet Union
its associated states made a big
military secret about their ordnance during the cold war. But still
there are many questions to be answered, with many aspects of Soviet
even to western specialists.
ammunition of Russia and
its associated states is an enormously wide field, so I had to limit
topic. I will only deal in detail with military ammunition used past
War I in a caliber range of 12,7mm to 57mm. This range includes mainly
aircraft cannon and
anti-aircraft artillery (AAA). These rounds are always fixed
ammunition, fed into high performance automatic guns.
One word about the pictures and drawings. They are mainly displayed smaller on this page than they actually are. Best download each picture you are interested in and print them in their actual size with a picture-editor. All pictures and drawings are in .jpg format and have a size from 15 to 150kB.
The parts of the ammunition components in the drawings are not indicated, as the knowledge of these components as well as the basic function of fuzes and primers is expected to be known by the reader. If you are unfamiliar with the components of ammunition, see your local bookstore for basic gun and ammunition publications or find the basics of small arms ammunition here.
note that metric dimensions are used! The cartridges are listed
system, giving the caliber separated
by a "x", and the case length in millimeters. As an additional clue, a
is enclosed after this basic information: R=rimed, SR=semi-rimed,
RR=rebateded rim (some people designate it as RB), no letter
This page with its pictures, drawings and explanations is not intended for EOD-personnel or people who want to disassemble, inert or dispose of ammunition, because the source of all this information is only completely inert ammunition, lacking any explosive, propellant, detonators, primers, etc. These parts, provided in the drawings are either taken from written sources and pictures, or when any information was unavailable, they are pure speculation or simply not shown! If this is the case, of course, notes in italic are made beneath the drawings.
I enclosed some pictures of general interest as well, and don´t bother on the simple layout of this page, as I am not a professional web-designer. Please note, that I can only answer concrete requests on the contents of this page, due to missing time. Please be patient, if I am temporarily not able to reply within a few days.