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What Is Green Tip Ammunition

Whether you just bought your first A.R. platform rifle or have been shooting for a long time, the phrase “green tip ammo” is probably something you have heard. This popular 5.56 cartridge is sometimes called a “penetrator round” because its 62-grain projectile has a steel core, making it easier to hit challenging targets.

Green Tip Ammunition

The official name for the U.S. military 5.56 rounds with green tips is M855. Since the military likes to keep things simple, the “M” in ammo usually means “munitions.” Being simple and being creative is not the same thing. As with almost every other gun or cartridge, the military name is the letter “M”, followed by a few numbers. But that’s a whole different conversation.

Most of what you read about green-tipped ammo is pretty accurate. But there are still some common misconceptions out there. We cut through all the nonsense about the M855 cartridge to make things easier for you.

Origen of Green tip ammo?

When it was first made in the 1970s, green-tipped ammo was called SS109. The SS109 round, made in Belgium, was put through NATO’s standardisation trials and won. At the time, NATO did not have an official standard 5.56 round. This is why the tests were done. NATO wanted the cartridge to penetrate best at long distances, so the rounds were fired at steel helmets during the tests.

In the early 1980s, the U.S. military switched to the SS109 instead of the M193 5.56 ammo. It was now called the M855, and the tips were painted green. This was done so soldiers could tell the difference between the old M193 rounds and the new ones. Even though the U.S. military slowly stopped using M193 rounds when they switched to the M855, they still painted the tips of the M855 rounds green.

Origen of Green tip ammo
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Gun makers took advantage of this new round and quickly put the M855 on the market in the United States. Most companies sell and market green tip ammunition under a different name. Even though the cartridge is almost the same as the one used by the military. Some companies, like Federal, just put an “X” in front of the name of the green-tipped cartridge to show that it was for sale to civilians.

Can I Legally Buy Green Tip Ammo?

Federal law says that U.S. civilians can own green-tipped ammunition right now. But some states, like California, have gun laws that are very strict and always try to limit what people can hold. Because of these rules, it’s essential to find out what the latest anti-gun laws are in your state before you buy a gun.

In the past few years, the ATF and the federal government have tried to ban the round more than once. These attempts to get around the second amendment have mostly failed, which is good news. The most recent effort came after rules were passed in 2015 that said lead ammunition couldn’t be used on federal land. Since then, these rules about the environment have been lifted.

Can I Legally Buy Green Tip Ammo

In 2015 legislation about lead, lawmakers did not mention the M855 round by name. But the round has a lead core, so it couldn’t be used on these lands while the ban was in place. Around the same time, the ATF also tried to say that green tip ammunition was an “armour-piercing” round. They said the 1985 Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act should be illegal. They said that the round shouldn’t be considered a sport anymore because more and more people have AR-pistols.

Since the core of the M855 is 80% lead, it doesn’t even meet their definition of “A.P.” ammunition. The ATF put the planned ban on hold after hearing from many people, including 53 U.S. Senators and more than 200 U.S. House of Representatives members. Here is what the ATF says about what armour-piercing ammunition is. So, Virginia, you can still buy as many green tip rounds as you want.

Green Tip Ballistics Ammo

The M193 and M855 have very different ballistics, and some twist rates make them work better. When they hit soft targets, the “softer” M193 projectiles do more damage, making them a good hunting choice. The M193 will break up into many pieces and leave a big hole, especially if it’s less than 100 yards away.

You might wonder why the M193 does so much more damage when the M855 is called “penetrating ammunition.” This is because the lead-steel core and extra grain weight of green-tipped ammo work well at close ranges. Most of the time, the M855 will punch right through its target, doing minor damage unless it hits a vital organ or artery.

The ballistics are a little more, even when shots are made from more than 100 yards away. After 300 yards, the green tips start to get ahead. I won’t bore you with a physics lesson, but as the distance travelled grows, the bullet’s speed and the angle at which it hits change.

Green Tip Ballistics Ammo

Why is the twist rate significant?

The twist rate of your rifle tells you how sharply the rifling in the barrel of your gun turns. Most of the time, the twist rate is written as two numbers separated by a semicolon, like 1:9. If a barrel has this twist rate, it means that for every 9″ of barrel length, the bullet will turn around once. The first number is always 1, and a lower second number indicates the rate at which the yarn twists is faster.

Twist rates are important because they help keep the bullet steady. Green-tipped shells, which are heavier and longer, need a faster twist rate than the lighter M193 round. The M193 was made for M16s from the Vietnam War, with 20-inch barrels and a slow rate of twist of 1:12.

Accuracy will be better if you choose a round that works well with the rifle’s twist rate. The best way to figure out what works best is to try out a few different rounds with different weights and cores. Now, 5.56 rounds are worth more than gold, so this is probably easier to say than to do.

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