View Full Version : pistol, handgun, ar pistol and m855 ammunition

02-24-2009, 3:51 PM
i don't know if this has been asked before


according to this the armor piercing ammo law applies to handgun ammunition.

is an ar pistol a handgun? or is it just a pistol?

if it were a handgun then it's not legal to shoot the m855 right? if it's just a pistol then no worries right?

3) USE - The bullet must be able to be used in a handgun. Rather than
construing this to mean regular handgun calibers, ATF construes this to
mean any caliber for which a handgun has been made, including handguns
in rifle calibers, like .308 Winchester, and 7.62x39, for purposes of
bullets covered by (B)(i). Thus bullets suitable for these calibers,
as well as other rifle calibers for which handguns have been made (at
least commercially made) which are constructed as described below would
or should be AP ammo.
However bullets that fall into the AP definition under (B)(ii), because
their jackets comprise more than 25% of their weight (solid copper bullets?)
must be intended for use in a handgun, not just be able to be used in a

this part makes me scratch me head though...

4) CONSTRUCTION - The bullet must either have a core made ENTIRELY out
of one or more of the listed metals, or be a full jacketed type bullet
with a jacket comprising more that 25% of its weight. Thus SS109/M855
.223 (5.56mm) bullets would not be covered, because their core is only partly
steel, and partly lead. Lead is not a listed metal, and bullets with
cores made partly out of lead are OK. ATF has expressly ruled that
SS109/M855 bullets are not covered.

then it says this... i don't know the composition of the m855 what exempts it?

02-24-2009, 3:58 PM

so here's a picture of an m855 cutaway... the steel is at the tip of the "core."

core is just anything or rather everything inside the jacket?