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Thread: .223/5.56 Steel Core Brass Cased Ammo 'LC 14' NATO headstamp

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    .223/5.56 Steel Core Brass Cased Ammo 'LC 14' NATO headstamp

    Bought some ammo from a vendor at a local gun show. Was hoping someone here could tell me more about it. Most of the rounds are stamped with 'LC 14' but some are stamped 'LC 12', with what I suppose is a NATO cross, and random amounts of small circles. From what I gather, LC stands for Lake City, the two numbers are the year.
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    That would be M855 62 grain NATO. You are correct LC is Lake City and the 14 is 2014.

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    Much appreciated.

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    Actually, that is M855A1 ammunition. M855 has a green tip; the 855A1 is the 'new-and-improved' version. It wears upper receivers with M4-style feedramps, as well as barrels out a bit faster than standard cup and core bullets do.
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    That's the down side to being color blind. Shot a lot of the m855 but I've never seen the M855A1. Thanks for the correction.
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    The little "dots" or circles on the headstamp tells the story of which equipment line was used to manufacture the round.

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