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The 7.62×39mm round is a rifle cartridge of Soviet origin that was designed during the latter days of World War II. Originally designated the M43 it has been manufactured well into the billions of rounds to feed the worlds most numerous rifle, the AK47 as well as its predecessor the SKS along with larger weapons like the RPK and RPD and all other variants of these weapons by other countries. Still in use today and due to the worldwide proliferation of the SKS and AK-47 pattern rifles, the cartridge is used by both militaries and civilians alike. It is originally and most often produced in a the classic steel casing that is coated in anything from lacquer or polymer to copper or zinc.