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emil77
05-30-2011, 8:12 PM
Hi guys,

All these threads about what ammo to use for our AR's. What does the military use for our troops? Do the elite units get "better" ammo than the regular grunts?

PRODRIVE
05-30-2011, 8:23 PM
we use m855 and m855a1.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.5645mm_NATO

bomb_on_bus
05-30-2011, 8:26 PM
usually ammo from who ever is the lowest bidding contractor?

But in all seriousness Lake City supplies a lot of lead to many branches of the armed forces.

r6raff
05-30-2011, 8:27 PM
we use m855 and m855a1.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.5645mm_NATO

Plus it looks like the Corps is running or will be running Mk318

PRODRIVE
05-30-2011, 8:38 PM
usually ammo from who ever is the lowest bidding contractor?

But in all seriousness Lake City supplies a lot of lead to many branches of the armed forces.

lake city and winchester(12ga and 9mm) are only u.s. contracted company

NYY
05-30-2011, 8:59 PM
we use m855 and m855a1.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.5645mm_NATO

addition..

http://www.inetres.com/gp/military/infantry/rifle/556mm_ammo.html

rareair
05-30-2011, 9:23 PM
we use m855 and m855a1.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.5645mm_NATO

What about XM193?

rareair
05-30-2011, 9:24 PM
Hi guys,

All these threads about what ammo to use for our AR's. What does the military use for our troops? Do the elite units get "better" ammo than the regular grunts?

Federal/Lake City M855, it's readily available! Shop around, you can get this stuff for as low as $350/1000

NYY
05-30-2011, 9:29 PM
Federal/Lake City M855, it's readily available! Shop around, you can get this stuff for as low as $350/1000

BY ALL means.. send me that link :D

G1500
05-30-2011, 9:41 PM
BY ALL means.. send me that link :D

Here is 5.56 Federal Lake City XM855LC AC1 62gr (http://palmettostatearmory.com/2066.php) for $333.33 to your doorstep. I am not sure the differences between XM855 and those with letters afterwards, My understanding is that a lot is rejected for whatever reason from the military, but still acceptable.

pacrimguru
05-30-2011, 9:44 PM
What about XM193?

MIL uses M193... XM193 are the scraps that we get offered in the commercial market.

G1500
05-30-2011, 9:56 PM
MIL uses M193... XM193 are the scraps that we get offered in the commercial market.

Same with the XM855, I don't know if I would call it scraps though.

NYY
05-30-2011, 10:17 PM
Here is 5.56 Federal Lake City XM855LC AC1 62gr (http://palmettostatearmory.com/2066.php) for $333.33 to your doorstep. I am not sure the differences between XM855 and those with letters afterwards, My understanding is that a lot is rejected for whatever reason from the military, but still acceptable.

hey thanks!

Pryde
05-30-2011, 10:18 PM
MIL uses M193... XM193 are the scraps that we get offered in the commercial market.

Umm no,
The military has not widely issued M193 since we had M16A1s 30 years ago.

All M193 produced nowadays is mostly sold to LE or exported to countries that use slower twist rifles. M193 is considered obsolete for military use.

r6raff
05-30-2011, 11:05 PM
Umm no,
The military has not widely issued M193 since we had M16A1s 30 years ago.

All M193 produced nowadays is mostly sold to LE or exported to countries that use slower twist rifles. M193 is considered obsolete for military use.

Yes M855 is the primary 5.56 round. Interested in reports on how well the Mk318 round is doing. Supposedly the Corps have officially adopted this round, any JarHeads out there who can confirm this?

REVIT9K
05-30-2011, 11:18 PM
Every 5.56 round I fired while I was in the service was stamped LC. This includes belted 5.56.

I shot a lot of ammo.

Droppin Deuces
05-30-2011, 11:18 PM
Doesn't 855 have the steel penetrator?

pacrimguru
05-30-2011, 11:47 PM
Umm no,
The military has not widely issued M193 since we had M16A1s 30 years ago.

All M193 produced nowadays is mostly sold to LE or exported to countries that use slower twist rifles. M193 is considered obsolete for military use.

i stand corrected. i got this info from a marine that says M193 is used during training... probably misinformation.

rareair
05-31-2011, 6:56 AM
Doesn't 855 have the steel penetrator?

Yes it does :D

Call_me_Tom
05-31-2011, 7:30 AM
This is some good stuff. It's not American made but it's good none the less. The next closes stuff to LC or Federal is IMI but if your on a budget this stuff can't be beat.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/1101.php