Saturday, February 14, 2015

ATF Proposes Ban on M855 Green Tip Penetrator Ammo

Looks like the ATF is at it again.

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.
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When they can't ban our guns, they try to ban our ammo. The EPA tried it with the lead ban on bullets and failed. Now the ATF is determined to change the classification of the M855 cartridge as 'armor piercing' despite it not being a true AP round.

The M855 bullet consists of a hard steel cone which sits behind the copper jacketed tip and in front of the lead core base. Originally developed as the SS109 by the Belgians to penetrate one side of an enemies steel helmet, it was adopted by the US and redesignated as the M855.

This round is pretty popular with the AR-15 crowd as it can be found fairly easily as surplus ammo and is plentiful. Apparently this round is now deemed to be a potential threat to the government when used by its own citizens for all purposes legal and lawful.

Seems like a whole new avenue in the black market is about to open up. Price gouging and panic buying coming soon to a gun store near you.

Got M855?


  1. Target Sports USA is already price gouging on this ammo. They raised the price for the 420 round ammo can from $179 to $299! I will no longer purchase ammo from them.

    I called and emailed them expressing my disappointment.

  2. Ammunition Supply Company cancelled all of their regular price orders that were placed and then gouged the price up for anyone wanting to order.