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Posted: 12/11/2016 12:23:01 PM EDT
Grabbed an ammo can of 5.56 that my friend left me when he passed. After using up the Federal 55 grain on the top of the stack I found this underneath.



Looks like M995 Black Tip AP.

I decided not to shoot it until I did some research and I can't find out much about it.

What do you guys know about this stuff?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 12:30:46 PM EDT
[#1]
If that is AP it may be restricted. Is it tungsten tip ?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 12:45:00 PM EDT
[#2]
It looks a lot like 5.56 Light AP we used to get.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 1:00:13 PM EDT
[#3]
Sure looks like 995.

Legal to own/use/sell once it's in private hands - most of the AP restrictions apply to FFLs, who can't make it without a special license and can only sell or give it to government or law enforcement.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 1:20:46 PM EDT
[#4]
What is the headstamp on the ammo?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 1:22:19 PM EDT
[#5]
Its NATO 5.56 AP surplus.... tend to be rather pricey.  Definitely wouldint waste it.  

I would keep some mags of it loaded in case you have to engage an up armored vehicle, swiftly approaching your residence or private dwelling.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 1:23:25 PM EDT
[#6]
Its NATO 5.56 AP surplus.... tend to be rather pricey.  Definitely wouldn't waste it.  

I would keep some mags of it loaded in case you have to engage an up armored vehicle, swiftly approaching your residence or private dwelling.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 1:28:59 PM EDT
[#7]
What's the headstamp? I remember there being some Bosnian SS109 imported with black tips.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 1:42:01 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/11/2016 7:51:41 PM EDT
[#9]
Frangible is  also black tipped.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:17:40 PM EDT
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I have NEVER seen frangible with black tips.  What country did that?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:25:32 PM EDT
[#11]
Headstamp FC 223 Rem



Reloads or factory? I don't suppose military ammo would be stamped 223 or is that possible?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:34:42 PM EDT
[#12]
Actually, upon closer examination, they look like they might be commercial "balistic tip" rounds.  Is the tip painted, or is it seperate material?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:42:09 PM EDT
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I spent close to 30 years traveling around the world with the Army and don't recall seeing a black tipped Frangible?
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:44:05 PM EDT
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If they are real black tips, you will be able to tell, if they are painted, then I really don't know what is in that bullet.  I still have about 500 rounds of Black Tipped Tungsten and you can tell what they are by looking at them.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:44:50 PM EDT
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The tip is separate. Not just a painted tip.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 9:02:59 PM EDT
[#16]
Probably just 50gr ballistic tip
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 9:14:30 PM EDT
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If they are real black tips, you will be able to tell, if they are painted, then I really don't know what is in that bullet.  I still have about 500 rounds of Black Tipped Tungsten and you can tell what they are by looking at them.
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Actually, upon closer examination, they look like they might be commercial "balistic tip" rounds.  Is the tip painted, or is it seperate material?


If they are real black tips, you will be able to tell, if they are painted, then I really don't know what is in that bullet.  I still have about 500 rounds of Black Tipped Tungsten and you can tell what they are by looking at them.


Dave, the M955 early AP was just black painted.  The CURRENT tungsten ammo has a seperate black tip.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 9:20:34 PM EDT
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M995 is still painted black, isn't it? I believe the current ammo you're thinking of is M855A1, which is not painted. It just exposes the tungsten-tin tip, appearing in its natural gray color.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 9:47:45 PM EDT
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Correct you are
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 10:05:40 PM EDT
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I only spent 31 years in the Armed forces between the Army Infantry and USAF Security Forces and used black tipped frangible 5.56 on many occasions while at the range. These were ceramic based projectiles for range use only.

Here are a few





Link Posted: 12/11/2016 10:10:19 PM EDT
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USA
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 11:07:36 PM EDT
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Yes, I know..
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 11:09:08 PM EDT
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I only spent 31 years in the Armed forces between the Army Infantry and USAF Security Forces and used black tipped frangible 5.56 on many occasions while at the range. These were ceramic based projectiles for range use only.

Here are a few

http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt118/fortis120/DSCN1802_zpsaaa5kzqj.jpg

http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt118/fortis120/DSCN1803_zpslhjc2zp9.jpg

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Thank you, I have never used that ammo..
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 11:13:17 PM EDT
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Touch a magnet to it. If it doesn't stick then it's a ballistic rip round.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 9:10:26 AM EDT
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Tungsten is not magnetic
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 9:50:54 AM EDT
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Scratch the tip with a knife - you cannot scratch tungsten
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:09:56 AM EDT
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After seeing the headstamp, I came to post this^^^
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:42:18 AM EDT
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Looks like this is what I have.

I knew the hive mind  could help me out.

Now I can shoot it and not worry.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 2:04:24 AM EDT
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I spent close to 30 years traveling around the world with the Army and don't recall seeing a black tipped Frangible?
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I spent close to 30 years traveling around the world with the Army and don't recall seeing a black tipped Frangible?



Frangible comes in a lot of versions, even in DOD world.  LE frang is a nightmare of its own.  DOD frangible looks somewhat like black tip in that it has a tip of exposed material...that is black...but it isn't AP.  Its more like they expose the tip of the core on frangible if that makes sense.  

It does look just like the OP's pics.  

I forget the nomenclature...its like "reduced ricochet, limited penetration" or some such.

Link Posted: 12/16/2016 1:41:27 PM EDT
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The only black tips I have ever seen are M995 rounds linked together, never on stripper clips.

The frangible we trained with was always brown, the tips were somewhat blunt and they had a chalky feel - you could easily scratch the brown tips with your fingernail.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:16:38 PM EDT
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Top round is frangible, bottom is M955:



Headstamp on the M995:

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