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Dangerous 7.62x51 ammo

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    [​IMG]Watch out for any of this stuff:eek:


    Certain "Surplus" Cartridges Dangerous
    Companhia Brasileria de Cartuchos, CBC, says its 7.62mm x 51mm cartridges from lots dated 1975 pose serious safety risks because of excessive pressures. The cartridges, headstamped "CBC 7.62 75", should not be used, given away or sold under any circumstances. There have been reports of rifles bursting as a result of the excessive pressure. An independent testing lab detected peak pressures in excess of 130,000 CUP, in one of 20 of the cartridges it tested. CBC calls these rounds outdated.

    The particular round was manufactured solely for military use in several countries. They are not intended for civilian use at all.

    CBC also has issued a warning for any of its 7.62mm x 51mm cartridges from any year which have a label on the packing material with the Spanish word "reengastada." The label was not affixed by the manufacturer and its application to ammunition is unclear.

    If you have any ammunition with the 1975 headstamp or with the Spanish word, contact CBC at 800-742-1094.


    – Originally published by the author, un-bylined, in the 1 June 1992 Firearms Business.That toll-free number is no longer operative (2007) but it had been answered in the San Francisco, California offices of Brobeck, Phelger & Harrison where CBC had been represented in this matter.

    According to the attorney, Gary Fergus, on point at the time they were contacted in Spring 1992, the suspect "CBC 7.62 75" cartridges had been involved in 83 catastrophic failures of small arms ranging from numerous M1A/M14 rifles to machine guns such two belonging to Kent Lomont (including a M1919A4), both of which were destroyed at the April 1992 Knob Creek meeting. He had obtained the rounds from Century International Arms.

    In an interview by fax from Sao Paulo with CBC's President, Antonio Marcos Moraes Barros, it was learned that his company had originally manufactured those particular rounds on an Argentinean military contract. He was unable to provide any information about how the ammunition came to be made available to Century, which had imported the bulk of it, or Samco Global Arms, only that neither of those concerns had obtained it directly from CBC.

    Brobeck, Phelger & Harrison closed its doors in 2003.

    2009 Update
    As recently as October 2009, rounds from the suspect "CBC 7.62 75" lot were still out there and causing catastrophic failures, most recently Columbus Day weekend in the NorthEast. The ammunition, 60 rounds of which had been purchased the previous month from a small gun shop in upstate New York, claimed a brand new Springfield M1A on its first shot out of the box.

    Century International Arms, which had originally sold the CBC rounds to the gun shop in 1991, has so far been responsive to the unhappy M1A owner, and this report will be updated.

    by Dean Speir, formerly famous gunwriter.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2010
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