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Is M855 considered armor piercing?

Is M855 considered armor piercing?

Although M855 ammo is not armor piercing ammunition, the steel “penetrator” at the tip of the core helps it punch through barriers pretty effectively. It penetrates glass, thin metals, thick clothing, and brush rather well. That special steel “penetrator” makes the M855 projectile pretty long for its weight.

Is SS109 the same as M855?

The SS109 / M855 cartridge has two names, but it’s one in the same. The NATO designation for this round is SS109. The U.S. Military’s designation is M855. FN is the company that developed the SS109 cartridge before the U.S. Military adopted it.

What is orange tip ammo?

They are color coded depending on what kind of ammunition they are. -green tips (only on 5.56) are standard “ball” ammunition. -orange tips are tracers. -black tips are armor piercing.

What does m855 green tip mean?

These rounds, commonly known as “green tip” rounds because of their color coding, are designed for use with the AR platform in the popular caliber of 5.56. However, if you haven’t heard already, the ATF is withdrawing these rounds from the civilian market citing their armor piercing capabilities.

Is M855A1 available to civilians?

M855 does not meet the legal definition of armor piercing. M855A1 does. Therefore it will not be made available to civilians. If the gov’t gets it, we should get it. Just the application of commie un-constitutional laws and regs. The stuff is definitely suitable for militia use.

What does ammo have a green tip?

M855 is often called “green tip” ammo for its special color coding (the full metal jacket is painted green at the nose). These 5.56 cartridges push a 62 grain projectile designed with a boat tail, lead core, and a special steel “penetrator” tip.

What are M855 bullets?

The bullet (projectile) must also have a core made entirely out of the metals listed above, or be a full jacketed bullet with a jacket weighing more than 25% of its overall weight. This means that the SS109/M855 bullets wouldn’t be covered, as their cores are partly steel, and partly lead.

What is xm855 ammo?

XM855 is the shelf brand designation for ammo with 62gr steel penetrator bullets. Military designation is M855, they use XM to designate that it did not meet military standards for some reason or other.