Ammunition In Vietnam War

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Ammunition, often informally referred to as ammo, is a generic term derived from the French language la munition which embraced all material used for war (from the Latin munire, to provide), but which in time came to refer specifically to gunpowder and artillery. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions. In the widest sense of the word it covers anything that can be used in combat that includes bombs, missiles, warheads, and mines (landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines) – that munitions factories manufacture. The purpose of ammunition is predominantly to project force against a selected target. However, the nature of ammunition use also includes delivery or combat supporting munitions such as pyrotechnic or incendiary…show more content…
Before the Vietnam war the main round our military used was the 7.62x63mm round. During the Vietnam war we phased out the M14 rifle in the 7.62x63mm round to the M16 in the 5.56x45mm which is the godfather of today's M16A2 and the M4 carbine. As of now the old 7.62x63mm (.30-06) is not used but we do have an equivalent which is the 7.62x51mm NATO. This round was considered too powerful and has too much recoil to be used for basic combat and urban warfare. Currently it is used for sniping applications which more power and range is required. It is also used as a machine gun cartridge where again, more power and range is required. The main pistol round used by our military is the 9x19mm Parabellum. The word Parabellum is a noun coined by German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) and is derived from the Latin saying si vis pacem, para bellum, meaning If you wish for peace, prepare for war. Compared to the .45ACP round which was used for 70 years it is a lot smaller. Its ballistics are also less impressive. The trade off is the magazine capacity. The M1911A1 could only hold 7 .45ACP rounds while the Beretta 92 currently in service can hold 16 rounds. The 9mm round still has plenty…show more content…
The .50 Browning Machine Gun (12.7x99mm NATO) or .50 BMG is a cartridge developed for the Browning .50 Caliber machine gun in the late 1910s. Entering service officially in 1921, the round is based on a greatly scaled-up .30-06 cartridge. The cartridge itself has been made in many variants: multiple generations of regular ball, tracer, armor piercing, incendiary, and saboted sub-caliber rounds. The rounds intended for machine guns are linked using metallic links. The .50 BMG cartridge is also used in long-range target and sniper rifles, as well as other .50 machine guns. The use in single-shot and semi-automatic rifles has resulted in many specialized match-grade rounds not used in .50 machine guns. A McMillan Tac-50 .50 BMG sniper rifle was used by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong to bring off the longest-range confirmed sniper kill in history, when he shot a Taliban combatant at 2,430 meters (2,657 yards) during the 2002 campaign in

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