- Manufacturer Federal
- Condition New
- Weight 64gr
- Projectile Type FMJ
- Ammo Use Type Range Training
- Casing Type Brass
- Quantity 20
- Caliber 5.56x45
- Manufacturer SKU XM856
- Primer Type Boxer
- Cost Per Round $1.00 per round
- Q & A
Tracer rounds are, admittedly, awesome, but they do have a purpose. They have small pyrotechnic charges in their base, and when that charge is ignited they burn brightly. They’re sometimes used so shooters can follow the glowing trajectory visually and correct their aim and, yes, they can ignite flammable substances so long as contact is made within a certain distance, with closer ranges working best. In addition, platoon leaders in the military use them to mark targets for their men, but that’s not all. A common use for tracers is loading one near the bottom of your magazine so you’re alerted to the fact that you’re about to need to reload, which is a helpful tool, especially in combat.
These tracers are made by Federal, a company with a solid reputation for excellence in the firearms industry. Federal was founded in 1922 by Charles Horn, who visited the then-floundering plant and decided to make something of it. He started slowly, stocking products in barber shops and gas stations, and before long the military was asking for ammunition and Olympic shooters were winning gold medals with it. They manufacture ammunition at their longtime plant in Anoka, Minnesota; all rounds are loaded to SAAMI or CIP specifications and Federal adheres to strict standards of quality and performance.
These are 5.56x45mm rounds in new-production, non-corrosive brass cases with boxer primer. They’re fairly lightweight at 64 grain but heavy enough to pack a punch. They’re FMJ, so they don’t expand on impact, and are typically used for training purposes or the aforementioned 3rd-round-from-the-bottom-of-the-magazine loading so you know you’re about to hit empty. Each round has a muzzle velocity of 3020 feet per second and muzzle energy of 1255 foot-pounds. These are XM856 mil-spec rounds made by Federal and are typically available in limited quantities, so if you want some, don’t wait. There are 20 tracer rounds in a single box.
These are tracer rounds and have flammable properties. They should not be used in dry or windy conditions.
(Although 5.56x45 NATO does fit in a .223 Remington chamber, the 5.56 is a military, high-pressure round and is not recommended for use in a .223 Remington chamber.)
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