The illogic of the Obama administration stopping the importation of Russian surplus 5.45×39 type ammo

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announces Russian surplus 5.45×39 type ammo is “armor piercing." From the Daily Caller:
According to information BATFE provided to NRA, these actions are based on BATFE’s determination that the availability of a handgun in this caliber triggers so-called “armor piercing” ammunition provisions of federal law, which generally prohibit manufacture and importation. . . .
The 5.45x39 is slightly narrower and a little longer than a .22 magnum.  If you want to see the illogic of banning the importation of the 5.45x39 compare it to the .44 magnum or the 38 special.

In inches 5.45 is about .21 inches, so that is less than half the diameter of the .44 inches magnum shell.  The 38 special is .359 inches in diameter.
The 39 millimeter length is 1.535 inches, while the .44 magnum is 1.61 inches (41 millimeters).  The .38 special is also slightly longer than the 5.45x39 -- it is 1.55 inches long.

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Blogger Rob K said...

I agree it's stupid, but it does have a steel core, which in theory would allow it to punch through police body armor.

4/27/2014 9:04 AM  
OpenID valentsgrif said...

If a bad guy wants to punch through body armor all they need is to use any standard deer hunting round, such as .30-06, .270, .30-30, .308 etc, all of which is readily available at KMart and every small town sporting good store.

The stuff people get scared over when it comes to guns never ceases to amaze.

4/28/2014 4:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Logic has nothing to do with it. This is just one more thing related to guns that they've decided they can ban and get away with it.

4/28/2014 11:42 PM  
Blogger Glockster2 said...

When one wants to eliminate something, one does not do it all at one time. Just take that little hammer and shovel, and keep chipping away, a little at a time, until one day, it's all gone.

6/09/2014 11:09 AM  
Blogger Tim ONeil said...

So we can buy all the American made steel core that we want (take a look at how much is available for 223) but heaven forbid that we import it? Morons.

6/09/2014 11:53 AM  

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