A military small & medium caliber ammunition collection

About the Collection

The cartridge collection consists of military rifle, heavy machine gun, and small- to medium-caliber cannon ammunition. The primary focus is on ammunition up to 35mm caliber made during World War 2 or later, although some specimens do fall outside of these general guidelines.

Within this very broad field, there is a special emphasis on 7.62x51mm NATO, .50 BMG, 30x173mm GAU-8, and experimental ammunition.

Featured Ammunition Exhibit

Dim Tracers

Dim Tracers cartridge exhibit.

Dim tracers, sometimes called starlight tracers or infrared tracers, emit mostly infrared wavelengths and show little to no visible light when they burn.

Dim tracers help conceal a gunner's location by rendering the tracer stream invisible to the naked eye. Dim tracers also address the problem of night vision devices being overwhelmed by the brightness of traditional tracer rounds.

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Recent Additions

Last Update: 16 April 2019

.50 BAT, Spotter Tracer L C 5 9

.50 BAT, United States, Spotter Tracer, Headstamp: L C 5 9
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7.62 x 39 mm, Ball 101 71

7.62 x 39 mm, China, Ball, Headstamp: 101 71
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.22 Homologous, Fired W C C 5 4

.22 Homologous, United States, Fired, Headstamp: W C C 5 4
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7.62mm NATO, Tracer, R1M1 A78 7.62 G.R1 M1

7.62mm NATO, South Africa, Tracer, R1M1, Headstamp: A78 7.62 G.R1 M1
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.50 BMG, Blank, M1 CAL 50 FA 39

.50 BMG, United States, Blank, M1, Headstamp: CAL 50 FA 39
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.50 BMG, Fired R A 5 4

.50 BMG, United States, Fired, Headstamp: R A 5 4
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5.6 x 45mm XM144W-E4, Flechette, XM144W-E4 W C C 6 2

5.6 x 45mm XM144W-E4, United States, Flechette, XM144W-E4, Headstamp: W C C 6 2
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News and Events

Join a Club!

If you're serious about cartridge collecting, consider joining a collector's organization like The International Ammunition Association (IAA) or The European Cartridge Collectors Association (ECRA). The benefits are well worth the modest cost of joining!

Site Updates

We've finally had time to update and modernize the site. There is still a backlog of cartridges that we need to photograph, and those should be gradually added to the site over the coming months. Stay tuned!

The St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS)

A shot of the St. Louis International Cartridge Show in 2016.

The 2019 St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS) will take place April 18-20, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. This is largest cartridge show in the world and it is well worth attending. For more information visit the IAA's SLICS page.

European Cartridge Research Association (ECRA) International Meeting

The 2018 ECRA International Meeting will be held September 21-22, 2018 in Aerzen, Germany. Contact the European Cartridge Research Association for more information.