Century International Arms is importing a new line of ammunition named Red Army Standard. The ammo is being manufactured in Romania and features a lacquered steel case, traditional bi-metal bullet and sealant around both the primer and bullet.
I’ve found sealed lacquered cases to be the best choice for long term storage or if you plan to use your ammo in wet/hostile environments. The sealed lacquered cases set the Red Army Standard ammo apart from the Wolf and Tula brands and for this reason I suspect it will make it an attractive choice for survivalist/preppers.
The ammo will be offered in (2) calibers initially; 7.62×39 and 7.62x54R, both Berdan primed and non-corrosive. The 7.62×39 will come packaged in (30) round boxes while the 7.62x54R will come packaged in (20) round boxes. Both calibers will be available in handy range packs holding (6) boxes of ammo each.
The head stamp of the ammo shows a production date of 2013 making it recent production ammo and not military surplus.
While the packaging is new, the ammo has been previously imported and sold by Century Arms under the brand name “HotShot”. The old HotShot brand wasn’t as creatively packaged as the new Red Army Standard ammunition — I have to admit the new boxes do look sharp.
Century Arms is listing the following retailers/dealers as sources for the ammo. You will have to check these retailers for pricing and availability.
- Big 5
- Classic Firearms (currently showing $220 for 600 rounds of 7.62×39)
- Wideners (currently showing $58 for 180 rounds of 7.62×39)
- The Sportsmans Guide
I have 180 rounds of 7.62×39 (123gr) and 120 rounds of the 7.62x54R (148gr) that I will be testing firing shortly. Century Arms tells me that the 5.45×39 and 9×18 Makarov will be available soon to complement the 7.62×39 and 7.62x54R offerings.
I plan to post a video on the Military Arms Channel of this new ammo in action, so stay tuned!