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

Small Caliber High Velocity Program (SCHV)

Small Caliber High Velocity Program (SCHV) cartridge exhibit.

The SCHV program was one of several interrelated projects whose aim was to improve the combat effectiveness of the infantry rifle. It was thought that a small-caliber, high-velocity cartridge would have a greater hit probability than the current 7.62x51mm NATO rifle round due to its lower recoil and flatter trajectory.

View the Small Caliber High Velocity Program (SCHV) exhibit

Recent Additions

Last Update: 18 March 2018

.50 BAT, Spotter Tracer, M48A1 12'7M48A1

.50 BAT, Spain, Spotter Tracer, M48A1, Headstamp: 12'7M48A1
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5.56 x 45mm, Blank BLAZER .223 SAFESHOT (on primer) LF

5.56 x 45mm, United States, Blank, Headstamp: BLAZER .223 SAFESHOT (on primer) LF
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.50 BMG, Tracer, M17

.50 BMG, United States, Tracer, M17, Headstamp: [none]
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7.62mm NATO, Tracer ⊕ RA 69

7.62mm NATO, United States, Tracer, Headstamp: ⊕ RA 69
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7.62mm NATO, Blank, C24 ⊕ DA 61

7.62mm NATO, Canada, Blank, C24, Headstamp: ⊕ DA 61
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.50 BMG, Ball PMC 50 CAL

.50 BMG, South Korea, Ball, Headstamp: PMC 50 CAL
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20 x 102mm, New Unprimed Empty, MK 149 MOD 4

20 x 102mm, United States, New Unprimed Empty, MK 149 MOD 4, Headstamp: [none]
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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.