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7.62mm Cartridges

When it comes to small caliber ammunition acquisition, many instinctively think of large ammunition production companies manufacturing massive quantities of tactical and training ammunition. For the five years since 2010, the production levels of the 7.62 mm caliber ammunition alone consistently exceeded 160 million rounds annually. Meeting the high-volume production levels for small caliber ammunition is challenging for small companies, to say the least. The Army has taken great strides to partner with small companies to develop small caliber ammunition technologies.


Designation Notes
US Army 7.62mm Cartridges
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Ball, M59 7.62x51mm NATO 150.5-grain FMJ cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: High Pressure Test, M60 7.62x51mm NATO 171.5-grain high-pressure test cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Armor-Piercing, M61 7.62x51mm NATO 150.5-grain AP cartridge; black tip
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Tracer, M62 7.62x51mm NATO 142-grain tracer cartridge; orange tip
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Tracer, M62, Overhead Fire Mission 7.62x51mm NATO 142-grain tracer cartridge; red tip
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Dummy, M63 7.62x51mm NATO dummy cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Grenade, M64 7.62x51mm rifle grenade launching blank cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Ball, M80 7.62x51mm NATO 146-grain FMJ cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Blank, M82 7.62x51mm NATO blank cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Ball, Special, M118 7.62x51mm NATO 172-grain FMJBT cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Frangible, M160 7.62x51mm NATO 108.5-grain frangible training cartridge; green tip with white band
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Duplex, XM192 7.62x51mm NATO blank cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Duplex, M198 7.62x51mm NATO Duplex cartridge; 2 84-grain bullets
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Ball, Low Recoil, M256 7.62x51mm NATO 82-grain FMJ lightweight, low recoil cartridge; white tip
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Dim Tracer, M276 7.62x51mm NATO 140-150-grain dim tracer cartridge; green tip with pink ring
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Match, M852 7.62x51mm NATO 168-grain HPBT cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Saboted Light Armor Penetrator, M948 7.62x51mm NATO SLAP cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Saboted Light Armor Penetrator-Tracer, XM959 7.62x51mm NATO SLAP-T cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Plastic Ball, Practice M973 7.62x51mm NATO plastic projectile training cartridge; black or blue bullet; Short Range Training Ammunition (SRTA)
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Plastic Tracer, Practice M974 7.62x51mm NATO plastic projectile training cartridge w/ tracer element; black or blue bullet with red tip; Short Range Training Ammunition (SRTA)
Cartridge, 7.62mm: Armor-Piercing, M993 7.62x51mm NATO 126.6-grain AP cartridge; black tip
US Navy 5.56mm Cartridges
Cartridge, 7.62mm, Special Ball, Long Range, Mk 316 7.62x51mm NATO 175-grain OTM/HPBT cartridge
Cartridge, 7.62mm, Ball, Carbine, Barrier, Mk 319 7.62x51mm NATO 130-grain OTM cartridge





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