Ammunition

Weapon loads: projectiles, bombs, missiles For the Chamillionaire EP, see Ammunition (EP). "Ammo" redirects here. For other uses, see Ammo (disambiguation).

A belt of 0.50 caliber ammunition loaded to an M2 Browning. Every fifth round (red tips) is an M20 (armor piercing incendiary tracer).

Ammunition (informally ammo) is the material fired, scattered, dropped or detonated from any weapon or weapon system. Ammunition is both expendable weapons (e.g., bombs, missiles, grenades, land mines) and the component parts of other weapons that create the effect on a target (e.g., bullets and warheads). Nearly all mechanical weapons require some form of ammunition to operate.

The term ammunition can be traced back to the mid-17th century. The word comes from the French la munition, for the material used for war. Ammunition and munitions are often used interchangeably, although munition now usually refers to the actual weapons system with the ammunition required to operate it. In some languages other than English ammunition is still referred to as munition, such as French ("munitions"), German ("Munition"), Italian ("munizione") or Portuguese ("munição").

The purpose of ammunition is to project a force against a selected target to have an effect (usually, but not always, lethal). The most iconic example of ammunition is the firearm cartridge, which includes all components required to deliver the weapon effect in a single package.

Ammunition comes in a great range of sizes and types and is often designed to work only in specific weapons systems. However, there are internationally recognized standards for certain ammunition types (e.g., 5.56×45mm NATO) that enable their use across different weapons and by different users. There are also specific types of ammunition that are designed to have a specialized effect on a target, such as armor-piercing shells and tracer ammunition, used only in certain circumstances. Ammunition is commonly labeled or colored in a specific manner to assist in the identification and to prevent the wrong ammunition types from being used accidentally or inappropriately.

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Tracer ammunition
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Tracer ammunition ... Tracer ammunition (tracers) are bullets or cannon-caliber projectiles that are built with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. When fired, the pyrotechnic...

Ammunition ship
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Ammunition ship ... An ammunition ship is an auxiliary ship specially configured to carry ammunition, usually for naval ships and aircraft. An ammunition ship's cargo handling...

Caseless ammunition
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Caseless ammunition ... Caseless ammunition is a type of small arms ammunition that eliminates the cartridge case that typically holds the primer, propellant, and projectile...

Wolf Ammunition
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Wolf Ammunition ... WOLF Performance Ammunition is a trademark associated with Sporting Supplies International (SSI), a corporation in the United States. It was founded in...

Telescoped ammunition
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Telescoped ammunition ... Caseless ammunition is often telescoped. Telescoped ammunition has advantages in comparison with traditional ammunition cartridges. Telescoped ammunition cartridges...

Exploding ammunition
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Exploding ammunition ... Exploding ammunition or spiked ammunition is ammunition and other ordnance that is sabotaged and left behind for enemy forces, generally insurgents, to...

CCI (ammunition)
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CCI (ammunition) ... rimfire ammunition, centerfire handgun ammunition, and primers for reloaders and industrial power loads. CCI made the first mini-mag rimfire ammunition in...

Armor-piercing ammunition
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Armor-piercing ammunition ... Armor-piercing ammunition (armour-piercing ammunition in Traditional English; AP for short) is a type of projectile designed to penetrate either body armor...

Overpressure ammunition
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Overpressure ammunition ... Overpressure ammunition, commonly designated as +P or +P+, is small arms ammunition that has been loaded to produce a higher internal pressure when fired...

Ammunition dump
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Ammunition dump ... ammunition dump, ammunition supply point (ASP), ammunition handling area (AHA) or ammunition depot is a military storage facility for live ammunition...

Rimfire ammunition
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Subsonic ammunition
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Battle of Ammunition Hill
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Incendiary ammunition
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Full metal jacket (ammunition)
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Magazine (firearms)
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Ammunition box
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