How AK-47 Bullets Are Manufactured

How AK-47 Bullets Are Manufactured

Have you ever asked how they make bullets? Oh, you’ve come to the right location, because the thorough steps it takes to manufacture a bullet would be given to you. In this scenario, the AK-47 50 caliber projectile would be used for the example.

What is a 50 caliber bullet?

Larger rounds that are found on advanced riffles are 50 caliber bullets. Depending on the type of powder and projectile, and also the weapon from which it is shot, they can contain between 10,000 and 15,000 foot-pounds of force (14,000 and 20,000 J).

AK-47 50 caliber bullets

There are many types of bullet makers, ranging from major corporations and governments to smaller manufacturers of specialty bullets to people with a few basic equipments that fire and reload ammunition. There are also several different designs of bullets and a lack of agreement about which is most successful. There is no standardized method of production of ammunition because of this. Some of the production phases are automated by major ammo suppliers, and the United States government. Specific features can be incorporated at suitable points during the production process.

The Production Methods of 50 Caliber Bullets.

The solid bullet or bullet core:-

Casting and swaging are the two most common ways of bullet-forming. By either process, hollow points may be created. You can stamp (a metal punch cuts a bullet-shaped section out of a bar or sheet of softer metal) hard (harder than lead) solid bullets and machine them from metal stock. Machining involves any method where a system is used for cutting off parts to mold metal. The lathe is a typical machine used for bullets. In order to progressively break away material, a lathe rotates the bullet metal toward steel chisels.


Casting is pouring into a mold of molten metal. This mold is hinged and has a hollow gap that is the bullet’s form when closed. In a crucible (a metal or ceramic pot that can securely hold molten metal), the metal is heated and then poured into the mold.

The mould is opened after the metal has cooled and the bullet falls or is kicked out. By clipping or filing, any imperfections are erased. It may be melted down and the procedure repeated if the bullet is heavily deformed.

The first substance is pumped into the mold to partly fill it in order to cast a bullet with several parts of varying materials. The second molten substance is pumped into the mold after this material has cooled and partly or fully solidified, to fill it partially or completely. This can be achieved several ways, but is most commonly done twice to create a bullet behind a softer section (for expansion) with a heavier section (for penetration).


1 Swaging is a method of cold formation, which means that it entails shaping metal to soften or melt it without heating. The required quantity of material (measured in grains) to be swaged is put into a die. A die is a thicker metal jar shaped like a bullet without a back end and a cavity (an hollow space). The die is part of or is held on a base in place of a larger stationary entity.

2A metal punch is pushed into the die to the required width, which blends into the open end of the die. The substance assumes the form of the cavity as the punch drives the bullet metal into the die cavity. The strain can come from a manual or hydraulic press, repeated blows of the hammer, or from a screwed-on threaded punch. Excess metal from the bleed holes is squeezed out.

3 It extracts the punch from the die and drives or takes the bullet out of the cavity. By cutting or filing, any imperfections are eliminated.

4 To install partitions, to create a projectile out of different components, and to further determine the form of the bullet, multiple swaging steps may be used. To include features such as a hollow point, multiple steps are often required.

Jacket with the bullet

some bullets have tougher metal jackets that cover a lighter heart.

5 Punched out of a strip or a sheet is a coin-shaped piece of jacket wire. The punch is generally a circular metal cylinder that is forced through the material of the jacket into a table depression. Any punches are rounded in such a way that the metal component is shaped like a cup. Instead of a coin or a cup of metal, tubing is used occasionally.

6 If the substance of the jacket is too difficult to effectively shape, it can be recycled. To smooth it to make it more workable, annealing heats the alloy, often with a gas flame.

7 The substance of the jacket is then inserted into a die or over a punch and the punch is pushed into the die. There can be several distinct punches and dies used in the jacket to shape unique features. One of the standard steps is to maintain the uniform thickness of the garment. Typically, the thickness is 0.03-0.07 in (0.08-0.17 cm). A thin jacket is electroplated into the heart of certain bullets.


Hope you now have an understanding about how to make bullets.

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