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#1 OFFLINE   N2rock

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Posted Jan. 06 2013 - 10:27 AM

Newb question- what is green tip, beside the fact that it has a green tip lol


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Posted Jan. 06 2013 - 10:29 AM

Newb question- what is green tip, beside the fact that it has a green tip lol

It has a steel core, and is a lttle heavier. If I am not mistaken, it's supposed to defeat light metal, like car doors and such.


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Posted Jan. 06 2013 - 11:37 AM

It has a steel core, and is a lttle heavier. If I am not mistaken, it's supposed to defeat light metal, like car doors and such.

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Posted Jan. 06 2013 - 12:24 PM

Yep. Armor piercing.


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Posted Jan. 06 2013 - 09:22 PM

Some more info...

"Green tip" ammo is the M855 cartridge and is the standard issue 5.56x45 cartridge
for the all branches of the military. It is loaded with the SS109 pattern 62gr FMJ
bullet. Ammo produced for the U.S. government have the tip painted green for
easy differentiation from tracer (orange), armor piercing (black), or other types.

The SS109 bullet has a mild steel cone that fills most of the ogive of the jacket.
Behind the metal cone is a lead slug to fill the remainder of the jacket. It is not
quite correct to call the M855 "green tip" an armor piercing round. The mild steel tip
was included in the SS109 design to increase performance against soft body
armor that was becoming standard issue in Warsaw Pact nations.

The steel cone prevents the tip of the bullet from flattening or otherwise deforming
which increases performance against "flak jackets" and the like. Against hard armor,
the SS109 bullet performs only marginally better than the old M193 55gr lead-only
core FMJ round.

Additionally - The M855 "green tip" is not recognized/regulated as armor piercing
ammunition. The legal definition of "armor piercing ammunition" is ammunition with
a projectile that has a core which is entirely constructed of "tungsten alloys, steel,
iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium".

Since the SS109 pattern bullet is primarily lead with steel only in the tip, it does not
fit the legal definition of armor piercing.

Edited by DPMSM4, Jan. 06 2013 - 09:24 PM.



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Posted Jan. 07 2013 - 12:08 AM

Some more info...

"Green tip" ammo is the M855 cartridge and is the standard issue 5.56x45 cartridge
for the all branches of the military. It is loaded with the SS109 pattern 62gr FMJ
bullet. Ammo produced for the U.S. government have the tip painted green for
easy differentiation from tracer (orange), armor piercing (black), or other types.

The SS109 bullet has a mild steel cone that fills most of the ogive of the jacket.
Behind the metal cone is a lead slug to fill the remainder of the jacket. It is not
quite correct to call the M855 "green tip" an armor piercing round. The mild steel tip
was included in the SS109 design to increase performance against soft body
armor that was becoming standard issue in Warsaw Pact nations.

The steel cone prevents the tip of the bullet from flattening or otherwise deforming
which increases performance against "flak jackets" and the like. Against hard armor,
the SS109 bullet performs only marginally better than the old M193 55gr lead-only
core FMJ round.

Additionally - The M855 "green tip" is not recognized/regulated as armor piercing
ammunition. The legal definition of "armor piercing ammunition" is ammunition with
a projectile that has a core which is entirely constructed of "tungsten alloys, steel,
iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium".

Since the SS109 pattern bullet is primarily lead with steel only in the tip, it does not
fit the legal definition of armor piercing.

Thanks for clarifying. :thumb:


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Posted Jan. 07 2013 - 06:15 AM

Newb question- what is green tip, beside the fact that it has a green tip lol

greetings from another houston area guy


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