Friday, July 1, 2011

Intermediate 7.92mm ammunition

During World War II, German after-action analysis in 1939-40 established that most firefights took place at comparatively short ranges, around 400m/437yd - not the 800-875m/1,005-1,100yd for which weapons such as the Kar 98K rifle had been designed.

Therefore, the ammunition firm Polte developed the 7.92mm K or short round for this type of combat. With a muzzle velocity of 650m/s/2,133ft/s, it was almost twice as powerful as 9mm submachine-gun ammunition. With a round that was more compact and ideal for automatic weapons, the ground had been prepared for the development of the assault rifle.

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