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.

View the Dim Tracers exhibit

Recent Additions

Last Update: 18 March 2021

.50 BMG, Tracer FN 53 12.7

.50 BMG, Belgium, Tracer, Headstamp: FN 53 12.7
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.303 British, Blank D^C C V

.303 British, Canada, Blank, Headstamp: D^C C V
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.303 British, Blank F N 52

.303 British, Belgium, Blank, Headstamp: F N 52
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20 x 139mm HS820, Dummy 20x139 DM1A1 LOS RH 6 (on primer) DM 64 RH 372

20 x 139mm HS820, West Germany, Dummy, Headstamp: 20x139 DM1A1 LOS RH 6 (on primer) DM 64 RH 372
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.50 BMG, Draw Piece

.50 BMG, United States, Draw Piece, Headstamp: [none]
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.50 BMG, SLAP L C 7 5

.50 BMG, United States, SLAP, Headstamp: L C 7 5
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.303 British, Grenade Blank F N 62

.303 British, Belgium, Grenade Blank, Headstamp: F N 62
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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 2021 St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS) will take place April 1-3, 2021 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 2020 ECRA International Meeting will be held September 18-19, 2020 in Aesch, Basel Landschaft, Switzerland. Contact the European Cartridge Research Association for more information.