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Reply #54: M855/SS109 is ***NOT*** AP. It is regular ball (e.g., ordinary FMJ) [View All]

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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-10-09 11:13 PM
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54. M855/SS109 is ***NOT*** AP. It is regular ball (e.g., ordinary FMJ)
Edited on Fri Apr-10-09 11:14 PM by benEzra
and penetrates less at close range than regular M193 (55gr FMJ) due to the lower velocity. The longer bullet gives it better penetration at 600 yards than M193 (which is not saying much), but only because it holds onto its velocity better (more mass, less drag).

Actual 5.56x45mm AP is black tip, tungsten core, e.g. M995.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.56x45mm_NATO

If M855 were AP, it would be controlled under the 1986 AP bullet ban, which was extended by a 1994 BATFE administrative decision to cover rifle calibers up through 7.62x51mm/.308 Winchester. It's not, because it's not AP.
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