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90 new cartridges were added on 11 April 2017.
27 new cartridges were added on 16 February 2017.
11 new cartridges were added on 7 February 2017.

More Updates Are On The Way

As usually happens, my real-life commitments force work on this site to the back burner. While I can't guarantee any firm dates, I plan to finish photographing my collection over the coming few months. After that I will give the site a much-needed overhaul. Stay tuned!

The St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS)

The St. Louis International Cartridge Show, 2011. The 2017 St. Louis International Cartridge Show (SLICS) will take place April 12-15, 2017 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 2017 ECRA International Meeting will be held September 21-23, 2017 in Walenstadt, Switzerland. Contact the European Cartridge Research Association for more information.

Other Shows

The IAA maintains a detailed schedule of cartridge shows from around the world.

About the Collection

Ammunition collection featuring .50 BMG, 7.62x51mm NATO, 6mm SAW, and small-caliber cannon cartridges. The cartridge collection consists of military rifle, heavy machine gun, and small-caliber cannon ammunition up to 35mm. While the collection contains older cartridges, its primary focus is on ammunition made during World War II or later.

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

Exhibit 1

Dim Tracers

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 all cartridges in the Dim Tracers exhibit