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5.56mm NATO load data

 


5.56mm NATO A detailed list from TM 43-0001-27 "Army Ammunition Data Sheets Small Caliber Ammuntion"

MASTER PO'S DISCLAIMER: The following is for informational purposes only. DO NOT USE THIS DATA TO REPLICATE.

NATO specification 5.56mm ammunition is loaded to a pressure that exceeds standards set out by SAAMI guidelines for it's civilian twin, the .223 Remington . While use of either commercial or NATO specification ammuniton is safe to use in the AR15/M16 series rifles, the use of NATO specification ammunition in other firearms may result in excessive chamber pressure.

Cartridge, 5.56mm, Ball, M193

Use:
Rifles, M16, M16A1, M16A2. The cartridge is designed for use against personnel and unarmored targets.

Description:
BALL. the cartridge is identified by a plain bullet tip.

Weight - 182 grains
Length - 2.26inches
Primer - Percussion (Crimped into case)
Propellant - WC 844 or CMR 170
Charge - 28.5 (WC 844)or 26.5 (CMR 170) grains
Projectile Weight - 56 grains
Chamber Pressure - 52,000 psi
Velocity - 3250 fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

Cartridge, 5.56mm, Tracer, M193

Use:
Rifles, M16, M16A1, M16A2. The tracer is intended to permit visible observation of the bullet's in-flight path or trajectory to the point of impact.

Description:
TRACER. the cartridge is identified by a red bullet tip.

Weight - 177 grains
Length - 2.26inches
Tracer Compound - R284
Primer - Percussion (Crimped into case)
Propellant - WC 844, IMR 8208M and CMR 170
Charge - 28.5 (WC 844), 26.5 (IMR 8208M), 26.5 (CMR 170) grains
Projectile Weight - 54 grains
Chamber Pressure - 52,000 psi
Velocity - 3200 fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

Cartridge, 5.56mm, Ball, M855

Use:
Machine Gun, 5.56mm, M249E1
Rifle M16A2. The cartridge is designed for use against personnel and unarmored targets.

Description:
BALL. the cartridge is identified by a green bullet tip.

Weight - 190 grains
Length - 2.26inches
Primer - Percussion (Crimped into case)
Propellant - WC 844
Charge - 26.1 grains
Projectile Weight - 62 grains
Chamber Pressure - 55,000 psi
Velocity - 3025 fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

Cartridge, 5.56mm, Tracer, M856

Use:
Machine Gun, 5.56mm, M249E1
Rifle, M16A2. The tracer is intended to permit visible observation of the bullet's in-flight path or trajectory to the point of impact.

Description:
TRACER. the cartridge is identified by an orange bullet tip.

Weight - 191grains
Length - 2.26inches
Primer - Percussion (Crimped into case)
Propellant - WC 844
Charge - 24.7 grains
Projectile Weight - 63.7 grains
Chamber Pressure - 52,000 psi
Velocity - 2870fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

Other cartridges include:

M862 Plastic Practice
M755 Blank ( For M234 riot control projectile launcher)
M232 Dummy (Black Cartridge case, no Primer)
M200 Blank (Training and Salutes indentifiable by crimp in body of case)
M199 Dummy (Fluted case, no primer)
M197 High Pressure Test (Proof round, Nickel plated case. FOR PROOF TESTING RIFLES ONLY!!! PRESSURE OF CARTRIDGE CAN EXCEED 70,000 PSI!
M195 Grenade (Looks like blank, but no crimp in case body. Designed for launching grenades from M16A1 rifles. DO NOT USE AS A BLANK!)

 

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