Posted On: 3/28/13
A: While the tip of the bullet does contain steel in the core, this ammunition is not classified as AP (armor piercing). AP restrictions will not apply to these rounds. It should be noted that some indoor ranges may restrict this round due to the steel content. Even though these are not AP rounds, the steel will cause the bullet to penetrate metals that similar 5.56 rounds may not.
Posted On: 3/17/13
A: We have found that most of the brass markings from Lake City are 2011. The rounds have been manufactured within the last 18 months. The United States defines this round as the M855 while the NATO specifications reference this as the SS109 round. While some manufacturers will define one of these on their brass, Lake City usually includes the NATO symbol as well as "LC" and the year stamped.
Posted On: 9/17/11
A: This ammunition, manufactured at the Lake City facility, features a steel core bullet. Federal currently operates the Lake City facility under contract and both the 1,000 round count and the 500 round count are both manufactured at Lake City to the same specs. The only difference is the branding and packaging.