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The M855A1 Cartridge: A Long Time Coming

The M855A1 cartridge is the Army’s fourth version of a lead-free 5.56 mm projectile, capping a 15-year effort that quite likely consumed $100 million.

Testing The Army’s M855A1 Standard Ball Cartridge

Spanning a decade-and-a-half, the process of adopting the lead-free 5.56x45 mm NATO M855A1 ball cartridge was hardly transparent. In the end, however, testing indicates that our troops ended up with a better combat round.

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