All sizes in millimeters mm. According to the official NATO proofing guidelines the 5. This is equal to the C. Performance File:Rifle cartridge comparison w scale.

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All sizes in millimeters mm. According to the official NATO proofing guidelines the 5. This is equal to the C. Performance File:Rifle cartridge comparison w scale. The 5. As with all spitzer shaped projectiles it is prone to yaw in soft tissue.

This fragmentation effect is highly dependent on velocity, and therefore barrel length: short-barreled carbines generate less muzzle velocity and therefore lose wounding effectiveness at much shorter ranges than longer-barreled rifles. Proponents of the hydrostatic shock theory contend that the rapid transfer of energy also results in wounding effects beyond the tissue directly crushed and torn by the bullet and fragments.

In recent lab testing of M, it has been shown that the bullets do not fragment reliably or consistently from round-to-round, displaying widely variable performance. This was with all rounds coming from the same manufacturer. The Combat operations the past few months have again highlighted terminal performance deficiencies with 5. M FMJ. These problems have primarily been manifested as inadequate incapacitation of enemy forces despite them being hit multiple times by M bullets.

These failures appear to be associated with the bullets exiting the body of the enemy soldier without yawing and fragmenting. This failure to yaw and fragment can be caused by reduced impact velocities as when fired from short barrel weapons or when the range increases.

It can also occur when the bullets pass through only minimal tissue, such as a limb or the torso of a thin, small statured individual, as the bullet may exit the body before it has a chance to yaw and fragment. FMJ bullets constructed with a steel penetrator in the nose, the composition, thickness, and relative weights of the jackets, penetrators, and cores are quite variable, as are the types and position of the cannelures.

With controlled pairs and good shot placement to the head and chest, the target was usually defeated without issue. The majority of failures were the result of hitting the target in non-vital areas such as extremities. However, a minority of failures occurred in spite of multiple hits to the chest. The US military has adopted for limited issue a grain 5. The heavy, lightly constructed bullet fragments more violently at short range and also has a longer fragmentation range.

Commercially available loadings using these heavier and longer bullets can be prohibitively expensive and cost much more than military surplus ammunition. Additionally, these heavy-for-caliber loadings sacrifice even more penetrative ability than the M round which has a steel penetrator tip. Performance of 5. For general issue, the U. The primary reason was pressure to use non-lead bullets. The bullet is made of a copper alloy slug with a steel penetrator, reducing lead contamination to the environment.

The MA1 offers several improvements other than being lead-free. It is slightly more accurate, has better consistency of effect in regards to wounding ability and has an increased penetrating capability. The round can better penetrate steel, brick, concrete, and masonry walls, as well as body armor and sheet metal. The propellant burns faster which decreases the muzzle flash, an important feature when fired from a short barreled M4 carbine. Though the MA1 is more expensive to produce, its increased performance compensates.

One possible danger is that it generates more pressure in the chamber when fired, slightly increasing the risk of catostrophic failure of the weapon, though this has yet to occur. There have been numerous attempts to create an intermediate cartridge that addresses the complaints of 5.

Some of alternative cartridges like the 6. Others, like the 6. As of late , none of those cartridges gained any significant traction beyond special forces and sport shooting communities. Because of this, a cartridge loaded to generate 5. Brass casing Edit The dimensional specifications of 5. The cases tend to have similar case capacity when measured, with variations chiefly due to brand, not 5. The result of this is that there is no such thing as "5. Firing 5.

Chamber Edit The 5. To address these issues, various proprietary chambers exist, such as the Wylde chamber Rock River Arms [36] or the ArmaLite chamber, which are designed to handle both 5. The dimensions and leade of the. Using commercial. If the lower receiver has either. In more practical terms, as of most AR parts suppliers engineer their complete upper assemblies not to be confused with stripped uppers where the barrel is not included to support both calibers in order to satisfy market demand and prevent any potential problems.

Comparison of 5.


5.56x45mm NATO

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Criticism[ edit ] There has been much debate of the allegedly poor performance of the bullet on target in regard to stopping power , lethality, and range. Some of this criticism has been used to advocate an intermediate-sized cartridge between the 5. The earlier 5. The shorter



At the time of selection, there had been criticism that the 7. A soldier can carry more than twice as much 5. During the late s, ArmaLite and other U. When it became clear that there was not enough powder capacity to meet U. This became the. To prevent confusion with all of the competing. After playing with their own proprietary cartridge case design, the.

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