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Thread: My new find. 30 Carbine Viper Test Ammo

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    My new find. 30 Carbine Viper Test Ammo

    I thought this was a pretty cool find. Box of .30 Carbine Viper Tracer Trainer Ammo.

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    Very nice find. What is a Viper single shot.
    " If you cant do it with a 308 , you dont need to do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GARD72977 View Post
    Very nice find. What is a Viper single shot.
    This is what inf I was able to find. Not much unfortunately.

    "Developed during 1976 as a lower cost sub caliber training device for the VIPER shoulder-fired assault weapon. The first tests were done at the Pomona Division at General Dynamics and utilised commercial 22 Hornet cases loaded with 5.56 M196 tracer. Various other combinations were tested at Eglin AFB but it was the 7.62mm M62 tracer that gave the best stability at the reduced velocity needed. During 1979 these M62 tracer bullets were loaded in 30 Carbine cases. The first specimen is one of the first loadings that were done on commercial cases with the M62 bullet with orange tip. It was seated to the cannelure to confirm seating depth, set up tooling for loading as well as “show-and-tell” for General Dynamics management."

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