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PKM 7.62 x 54R factory new qualified metallic links and ammunition cans in stock by the sealed case or pallet. 100rd belts with starter tab. Please inquire for case and pallet load pricing

N.B: Please check for current inventory of PKM Links & Ammunition on the latest post, our website or contact us directly


$300.00 - Delivery Included - per 10 - 100rd belts, each belt with its own starter tab in the domestic U.S. only, Ships least expensive way at this price

We are now offering 10 - 100rd belts each with Starter Tab (1000 links, 10 starter tabs) for $300.00 per lot delivered in the domestic United States. Ships least expensive way only such as USPS or UPS, unless you want to pay the difference in transport. This is a good start for USG programs that need samples but have no funding, and we will even accept payment on your USG credit card.

Also for civilian shooters, who at about 700 RPM your PKM has put you in the “poor house” and cannot afford a full case, based on our “Poo Folks” pricing offer (the name of an actual restaurant in West Virginia).

We also offer 5,600 PKM link case pricing, full pallet pricing, and 1,000,000 link pricing directly from stock for 4-5 day emergency delivery to domestic US Conus bases so they can be overnight anywhere U.S.A.F transport wing flies. This is why we depot them in an heated, air conditioned U.S. warehouse for USG emergency delivery, since 2009 at our expense. For all of us who have served in the armed forces we understand military “hurry up and wait” procurement that will never change as the armed forces have changing priorities thrown at them out of the blue. No other contractor that we know of will carry six figures of "lost leader inventory" for the USG in the United States alone

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Technical Update

Special note to PKM users and buyers: The NATO US Mil Spec system buys M-240 and M-249 ammunition already linked, in M-13 and M-27 links respectively. The Eastern Standard “PKM system”, almost NEVER buys the ammunition linked.

For the Eastern Europeans, and at least one smart USG customer in 2002, it is best to by both items, as available and link as required (belt loaders stocked & provided, if necessary). If one holds out to buy both at the same time like M-240/M-249 ( a little un-reality) they might just find the ammo and loose the links. Budget craziness is off and our smallest USG order to date was 2,000,000 links - twice what we have in stock in the US. Our European inventory would be 90-120 days from import if we sell out US stock . If this happens some customers can be practical, however some other will get really angry with both of us because stock was not held for them. We are both made to feel like we drove a dump truck over their pet cat Rupert (meow!) and we need to somehow atone for this.

Seriously, we spell this out to be clear and avoid the drama and the human anguish! Caveat Emptor.

Additionally, we were just reminded that our recently produced 7.62 x 54R PKM links are the last of an era that not only received factory production certification, but also strict MOD certification which was discontinued a few years ago throughout Eastern Europe due to cost cutting measures. Its essentially a double certification of the highest certified quality. When these links are gone, while we can produce more we can no longer provide both our factory production and MOD certification.


Counterfeit Link Warning

We finally found out what the situation is with the defective or hidden over priced PKM links and some 7.62 x 54R Steel Cased ammunition producers are now be considering our PKM link production, as a second source

In some cases, the customers are paying $29.00 to $38.00 USD per 100rd round belt with starter tab. They are also fully qualified PKM links like our own at $20.63 USD per belt with starter tab (price ex works Europe)*. Some manufactures hide the overcharge in the lower cost steel cased 7.62 x 54R ammunition, which makes things appear “normal”. We only produce 7.62 x 54R brass cased ammunition, and only provide steel cased ammunition as a distributor when we are over capacity, but we know both markets very well since 1986. We also replaced 2,000,000 rds of defective 7.62 x 54R ammunition for a U.S. government customer who found themselves caught in a real mess in 2002.

Worse still, some suppliers use refinished scrap links that are made to look like new but are used and damaged, which doesn't take much and will jam in a PKM. (its sort of "Russian Roulette" as to which situation you might have ) . Various American purchasers are still getting it up the rear end, “pardon my French” because they just don’t know the Eastern Standard Ammunition business and are vulnerable to overcharging or defective/used links being hidden in qualified lower cost steel cased offers (in which the ammunition is qualified but the links are not, including the use of false certificates. A similar case was caught in 2002 with missile certificates in Eastern Europe, leading to criminal fraud charges. If there is money to be made, these rascals stop at nothing. “Caveat Emptor” and don't bend over for the soap around these people. Our company has been involved in Eastern Europe since 1986 and have seen pretty much everything, in addition to similar “adventures” in North America on NATO/U.S. Mil Spec Standard.

The best solution to overcharging or being defrauded with used defective links is to ask for the cost of 7.62 x 54R PKM qualified steel cased ammunition in basic military packing for the best price (not all 7.62 x 54R FMJ will function in a PKM machine gun). If what we say turns out to be the case in your purchase, we can ship pallets of PKM links directly to your ammunition producer or you can. Either way you save overcharging and get a fully qualified product, and faster as we hold inventory that others simply don't have in stock for immediate delivery.

We can also provide you with as little as a single case of 5,600 links in the United States if you would like to purchase a sample in the US, or from our depot in Europe . We currently have over 900,000 links in the United States for immediate delivery, and over 3,000,000 in our production facility in Europe. We also have an approved export permit to France, from Europe, as of August to support French Afghan and African aid projects. .

Additionally, we also hold a small stock of new production belt loaders in Europe so that customers can store separate types of 7.62 x 54R such as FMJ ball, tracer or API and link them as required for mission requirements, as needed

We hope this is helpful
 

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Case pricing requested

Single cases are $1344.00 for 56 - 100rd belts with starter tab or $24.00 per belt before shipping from within the United States


10+ cases are $1212.96 USD per case or $21.66 per belt before shipping from within the United States
 

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Counterfeit links discovered in the US

We had someone contact us after using someone else's PKM links that are refinished to look new and repacked to look new in the U.S. We sent them a sample of our new production they did a comparative test and this is what they found this month:

We received the belts. Thank you so much for sending them. I loaded two of them and there was definitely a difference. The belts we got originally looked almost the same with the only visible variations being slight changes in where the metal folds over on some sides. The real difference was in loading. The old ones were often too tight, to the point where we had to sometimes force rounds in with a mallet in order to get them to click in place.

Your belts were much more consistent when it came to the pressure required to link rounds, and were MUCH easier to load and the rounds stayed in place.

Overall, the weight, look, and feel were about the same, but the force required to link them was substantially different.


It's what we expected in that you have received used links, which is actually quite common. There are at least 5 pallets of these counterfeit links in the United States. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Surplus scrap links are refinished and sold to the USG as new production, with false certificates as they ask. The PKM link is stronger than the NATO M-27 o M-13 link, however, used links can be damaged, and refinishing is only a cosmetic fix which does not repair or fix tolerances. If they make their way onto the battlefield they will fail/ make the gun fail and get people killed. It's sort of like the counterfeit medications and drugs on the international aid market; they are more dangerous than giving the patient nothing at all. Selling off these counterfeit links as new production is fraud and will get someone killed on the battlefield. We think they are refinished 1960s used Chinese scrap out of Albania or Soviet scrap originally out of Ukraine. This is what happens when the USG dumpster drives for the bottom of the barrel.

These links can either seize ammunition in the belt as above, or drop the ammunition out, also jamming the gun at an inopportune time. It's just a matter of time before someone gets killed when they fail.
 
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