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.50 Browning API: Date of Introduction?   Ammunition <20mm

Started 18-Jul by elbmc1969; 601 views.
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JPeelen

From: JPeelen

25-Jul

That may be the case, but Incendary (M1) and Armor-piercing Incendiary (M8) are different designs having different effects.

As Tony already wrote, the M8 became available in late 1943, when Des Moines and Lake City started industrial production, joined by St. Louis, Twin Cities and Remington Arms in early 1944.

Source: Hackley/Woodin/Scranton: History of Modern U.S. Military Smll Arms Ammunition, Vol. II, 1978 

  • Edited 25 July 2020 12:43  by  JPeelen
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From: autogun

25-Jul

Yes, the USAAF found that the .50 incendiary was a capable of doing a lot of damage but often couldn't penetrate deeply enough, while the AP could penetrate well but lacked destructive effect. So they eventually replaced both with the M8 API, at least in fighter guns in Europe, and were very satisfied with the result. The also sometimes mixed in a few M20 API-T, although there was disagreement about whether the tracers were worth it.

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