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| 12.7x108 mm colspan="3" style="text-align: center; font-size: 90%; border-bottom: 1px solid #aaa; line-height: 1.25em;"
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Russian 12.7x108mm cartridges Type Anti-tank rifle, Heavy machine gun Place of origin Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union colspan="3" style="background: lightsteelblue; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"
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| Service history In service Late 1930s to present Used by Soviet Union and successor states Wars WWII colspan="3" style="background: lightsteelblue; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"
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| Specifications Bullet diameter 13.00 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Case capacity 22.72 cm³ (351 gr H2O) Maximum pressure 360 MPa (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Source: Russian Ammunition Page

The 12.7x108mm cartridge is a heavy machine gun and anti-materiel rifle cartridge used by the Soviet Union, the former Warsaw Pact, modern Russia, and other countries.

It is the approximate Russian equivalent of the NATO .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) cartridge. The differences between the two are the bullet shape, the types of powder used, and that the casing of the 12.7x108mm is 9 mm longer.

The 12.7x108mm can be used to engage a wide variety of targets, including armored vehicles, as proven in both Iraqi wars. An M1A2 tank was damaged by what the analysts believed was 12.7 mm fire from either a NSV or DShK machine gun at the gates of Baghdad International Airport on April 4 2003.[1] [2]

In the Finnish Defence Forces, the NSV chambered in 12.7 x 108 is used primarily in an anti-aircraft role by all branches.[3]

Cartridge dimensionsEdit

The 12.7x108 has 22.72 ml (350 grains) H2O cartridge case capacity.

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12.7x108 maximum cartridge dimensions. All sizes in millimetres (mm).

Americans would define the shoulder angle at alpha/2 ≈ 18.16 degrees.

According to guidelines the 12.7 x 108 case can handle up to 360 MPa (52213 psi) piezo pressure. In CIP regulated countries every rifle cartridge combo has to be proofed at 125% of this maximum CIP pressure to certify for sale to consumers.

Firearms using this cartridgeEdit

CategoriesEdit

Cartridge:rifles
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