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The Ammunition Identification Code (AIC) was a sub-set of the Standard Nomenclature List (SNL) used by the US Army's Ordnance Corps from the mid-1920s to 1958. It listed munitions and explosives, items that were considered priority issue for soldiers.

It used a code that had five parts.

  1. The first character consisted of the item's SNL Group and was represented by its letter.
  2. The second character indicated the sub-group and was represented by its number. Letters were introduced in 1948(?).
  3. The third character represented the weapon model and was represented by a letter.
  4. The fourth character represented the type and model of ammunition (i.e., Training Blank, Ball, Armor-Piercing, Incendiary, Tracer, etc.), which differed from weapon to weapon, and was represented by a letter.
  5. The fifth and last character detailed the packing method (Cartons, Bandoleers, or Belts / Links) and container type used and was designated by a letter.

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Packing Terminology[edit | edit source]

M1917 Ammunition Packing Box[edit | edit source]

A wooden box designed to be reused. The lid was secured by tightening brass wingnuts over threaded metal posts in the walls of the chest. They were meant to be carried by means of handles milled into the ends of the chest; troops assigned to carry ammo found them hard to grasp.[1] Ammunition was shipped in boxes with a waterproof zinc metal lining that had the top soldered on to seal it; this was ripped open using a wire handle built into the top. It came in two standard sizes.
There was a large packing box (Dimensions: 18 7/16" Length x 9 7/16" Width x 14 13/16" Height; Volume: 1.49 cubic feet) secured with 6 threaded posts (one on each end and two on each side). It was used to store and carry .30- and .50-caliber ammunition.
The smaller box (Dimensions: 16 7/16" Length x 12 11/16" Width x 7 5/8" Height; Volume: 0.92 cubic feet) was secured with 4 threaded posts (one on each side). It was used for pistol ammunition.
Pre-war and early-war chests were made of dark-stained wood with black lettering. They had a system of colored stripes across the middle of the long sides and lid to indicate the contents. Pistol, rifle and medium machinegun ammunition had the stripes painted vertically on the long sides and lid and horizontally on the wide sides. Heavy machinegun ammunition had the stripes painted diagonally on the long and wide sides and the lid.
Mid- to late-war chests were painted Dark Brown and marked with yellow lettering; they used the box's AIC code and a system of symbols in yellow paint to indicate the contents at a glance.

Commercial Shotgun Shell Packing Box[edit | edit source]

A wooden or fiberboard box designed to transport and carry shotgun shells. It held 20 x 25-shell cartons of 12 gauge ammunition and weighed around 65 lbs (Dimensions: 15" Length x 10.375" Width x 9.75" Height; Volume: 0.88 Cubic Feet). Guard or Combat shells had a brass base and had either a partial (1" long) or full (2.75" long) brass case. Sporting shells (used for trap shooting or hunting) had a brass base, a partial brass case (1/2" long), and a paper case.

Ammunition Crate[edit | edit source]

A metal-strapped wooden packing crate designed to be thrown away that replaced the M1917 Packing Box. They were made of plain, unpainted wood and had its lettering, AIC code, and symbols stamped on in black ink . They were carried by a horizontal rectangular wooden bar fastened to the pair of vertical wooden reinforcing struts on each end. Some crate contractors looped a semi-circular piece of thick rope through a hole in each reinforcing strut for use as a flexible handle. Other contractors used a folding two-strut metal handle fastened between the reinforcing struts for heavier loads.
The cartons of ammunition inside were originally grouped and packed in corrugated cardboard boxes. The boxes were then coated and sealed in a waterproof wax coating to keep the ammunition inside from being affected by the environment. There were 2 or more boxes per crate. The weatherproofing was found to be ineffective, so the cardboard boxes were replaced by ammunition cans in 1943.

Ammunition Can[edit | edit source]

A vacuum-sealed metal canister with wire handles on its sides. It was opened using a metal can key (like a can of sardines) that was soldered to the can. It could be reclosed afterwards using a small roll of duct tape that came packed in the can. They were painted Olive Drab and had yellow lettering on them. The caliber of ammunition (.45, .30C (Carbine - cartons), .30R (Rifle - clips or cartons), .30M (Machinegun - linked), or .50) was embossed in raised letters and numbers on the metal lid so they could be identified by touch under low-light conditions. The type of can (M5, M6, M8, M10, M13, etc.) was embossed on the bottom.
The instruction "Do Not Use As Food Container" was prominently painted on the can. The lead and chemical residue inside the container could contaminate the food and poison the soldier.
The Korean War era M20 and M21 cans replaced them. The M20 was a rounded-edged cube with a folding handle on top. The M21, twice the size of the M20, was rectangular and had a folding handle on the side. They lacked the embossing of the earlier cans.
Old or damaged lots of ammunition were inspected, salvaged, sorted and repacked for re-use. Repacked ammunition is usually resealed in an unpainted ammo can with the information (including the last two digits of the year it was repacked) stamped on the container in ink. The arsenal that did the repacking will use their letter code in the place of the original manufacturer(s) along with a new lot code.

Standard Ammunition Box[edit | edit source]

A re-closeable metal box with a hinged metal lid sealed with a foam-rubber gasket to keep out moisture and rain and a folding metal handle to aid in carrying it. They were first shipped individually, but were later bulk-packed in wire-bound plywood crates. They were originally designed to only store belted machinegun ammunition, but later became a standard container after the war for all sorts of ammunition packed in cartons and / or clips and bandoleers. They were originally painted Olive Drab Brown with white lettering, but were later painted Olive Drab Green with yellow lettering. The original M1 and M2 series metal boxes were also painted with the same colored identification stripes as the early M1917 wooden packing crates when shipped individually.

  • The M1 box (made from 1942 to 1945 and phased out by the 1950s) opened from the side, had a flat bottom, had a catch opposite from the box's hinge for attaching the can to the M1917 / M1917A1 / M1918 / M1928 tripod, and had a pair of concentric oval ribs on the long sides to reinforce them. It held 250 belted rounds of .30-caliber ammo. (Dimensions: 10 3/16" Length x 3 3/4" Width x 7 7/32" Height; Weight (empty): around 3.5 lbs.; Volume: 0.1595 Cubic Feet).
    The M1A1 Box that replaced it (June, 1945 - 1950s and phased out in the 1960s) was a little taller (7 19/32" Height), had a more durable rubber gasket, and held 250 belted or 275 linked rounds of .30-06 ammo.
  • The later M19 Box (1946 to 1953) that replaced the M1 series was a product-improved model that eliminated the earlier model's weaknesses and added improvements. It retained the rubber gasket, eliminated the tripod catch, and had smooth sides. It had a hollow on the bottom that was high enough to fit over the folding handle on the top of the box beneath it, allowing the boxes to be neatly stacked on top of each other. The major difference between the M19 and the M1 series are the M19 series' lid skirts, which made the M19 series visually distinctive from the M1 and M2 series. They are designed to lock in place while part-way open to protect the belted ammunition inside from the elements while it feeds into the weapon. The M19 box held 250 belted or linked rounds of .30-06 ammunition.
    The narrower M19A1 box (1954 to Present) was redesigned to hold the shorter, thicker 7.62mm NATO service cartridge, which replaced the .30-06 Springfield in 1954. It can hold 220 linked or 225 belted 7.62mm NATO rounds in bulk or 2 x 100-round linked belts packed in cartons and carried in bandoleers. The M19A1 box is also used to store pistol ammunition in cartons.
  • The M2 box (September, 1942 - 1945) had a flat bottom like the M1 box, square ribbing around the edges of each side, a foam-rubber gasket, and opened from the front. It had a small folding wire handle on the left side corner. On the front side the bottom arc of the ribbing running along the bottom edge was embossed: "AMMO BOX CAL .50 M2". It held 110 belted or 105 linked rounds of .50-caliber ammo. (Dimensions: 12 ¼” Length x 6 ¼” Width x 7 ½” Height; Weight (empty): 4.4 lbs.; Volume: 0.33 Cubic Feet).
    The M2A1 Box (1945 - Present) opens from the side, has smooth sides and a rubber gasket, had a hollow bottom like the M19 box, and holds a standardized 100 linked rounds. The M2A1 box is commonly used today to store a variety of ammo in cartons, clips, and bandoleers.

Group "R" Material (Ammunition for pack, light, and medium field artillery)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group R1 (Ammunition, fixed and semi-fixed, all types - including subcaliber - for pack, light, and medium field artillery, including complete round data)[edit | edit source]

Class R1A (20x110mm Hispano "A"; Ammunition for 20mm Guns M1, A/N M2, M3, and British Hispano-Suiza "A")[edit | edit source]

The "T" (or "Trial") designation was for experimental munitions before they went into standard production. They are placed in parentheses after the standard designation.

R1ABA = 120 rounds of 20mm High-Explosive-Incendiary Mk.I Cartridge with Point-Detonating Fuze No.253 Mk.I. 10 rounds per moisture-sealed fiberboard container, 12 containers per wooden packing crate. Net Weight = ? lbs. Gross Weight = ? lbs. Volume = 1.45 cubic feet.
R1ACA = 120 rounds of 20mm Armor-Piercing-Tracer M75 Cartridge. 10 rounds per moisture-sealed fiberboard container, 12 containers per wooden packing crate. Net Weight = ? lbs. Gross Weight = ? lbs. Volume = 1.45 cubic feet.
R1ADA = 120 rounds of 20mm BALL Mk.I Cartridge. 10 rounds per moisture-sealed fiberboard container, 12 containers per wooden packing crate. Net Weight = ? lbs. Gross Weight = ? lbs. Volume = 1.45 cubic feet.
R1AFA = 120 rounds of 20mm High Explosive-Incendiary M97 (T23) Cartridge with M75 (T71E5) Point-Detonating Fuze. 10 rounds per moisture-sealed fiberboard container, 12 containers per wooden packing crate. Net Weight = 68.4 lbs. Gross Weight = 95 lbs. Volume = 1.45 cubic feet.
R1AFB = 150 rounds of 20mm High Explosive-Incendiary M97 (T23) Cartridge with M75 (T71E5) Point-Detonating Fuze. 10 rounds per moisture-sealed fiberboard container, 15 containers per wooden packing crate. Gross Weight = 106 lbs. Volume = 1.49? cubic feet.

Class R1B (Belts and Links, 20mm cartridge)[edit | edit source]

R1BAA = M3 Links, Disintegrating Belt, 20mm, in wooden packing crate.
R1BBA = M4 Links, Disintegrating Belt, 20mm, in wooden packing crate.

Class R1F (37mm M4 Automatic Gun)[edit | edit source]

R1FAA = 37mm High-Explosive-Tracer M54 Fixed Shell with timed Self-Destruct and M56 Point-Detonating Fuse.
R1FGA = 37mm Armor-Piercing-Tracer M80 Fixed Shell.

Class R1H (37mm Gun; Ammunition for Guns M3, M5, and M6)[edit | edit source]

NOTE: The M3 was the towed Anti-Tank gun version. The short-barreled M5 and semi-automatic M6 were tank or self-propelled gun variants.

R1HAA = 10 cartridges x 37mm APC-T M51. Wooden crate. Volume: 0.72 cubic feet.

Class R1J (57mm Rifle; Ammunition for M18 Recoilless Rifle)[edit | edit source]

The M18 was developed in 1944. It was available in Europe by March, 1945 and in the Pacific by June, 1945.

R1JUA = 4 cartridges x 57mm Smoke-WP M308A1 with Point-Detonating Fuze M503A1. Wooden crate.

Class R1N (75mm Rifle; Ammunition for M20 Recoilless Rifle)[edit | edit source]

Although the weapon was developed during World War Two, the M20 Recoilless Rifle wasn't ready until the spring of 1945. It served mostly in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

R1NDA = 2 cartridges x 75mm HEP-TR.
R1NRA = 2 cartridges x 75mm HE M309A1 with M51A5 Point-Detonating fuze. Gross Wt. = 75 lbs. Volume = 1.64 cubic feet.

Sub-Group R2 (Projectiles and separate-loading propelling charges for medium field artillery, including complete round data)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group R3 (Service fuzes and primers for pack, light, and medium field artillery)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group R4 (Ammunition for trench mortars; including fuzes, propelling charges and other components)[edit | edit source]

Class R4C (60mm M2 Light Mortar)[edit | edit source]

R4CAC = 10 rounds of 60mm HE M49A2 in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 49 lbs. Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet.
R4CHA = 60mm in wooden crate.
R4CPN = 10 rounds of 60mm Smoke (White Phosphorus) M302 in wooden crate.

Class R4N (4.2" [107 mm] M2 Chemical Mortar)[edit | edit source]

R4NAA: 2 rounds of 4.2" HE M3 (M6 Propellant Charge and M9 Fuse) in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 56 lbs. Volume: 1.1 Cubic Feet.

Sub-Group R5 (Ammunition, blank, for Pack, Light, and Medium field artillery)[edit | edit source]

Group R5I (Ammunition for 76mm Gun M1, MIA1, and M1A2)[edit | edit source]

R5IAA = 8 x 76mm cartridges Blank. Volume: 1.12 cubic feet.

Sub-Group R6 (Ammunition instruction material for pack, light, and medium field artillery)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group R7 (Land Mines and Fuzes, Demolition Material, and Ammunition for Simulated Artillery and Grenade Fire)[edit | edit source]

Class R7A (Land Mines)[edit | edit source]

R7AI (Anti-Tank Mine M1A1)
R7AIA = 5 x AT Mine M1A1 and 5 x Fuze M1A2 in wooden crate.

Class R7B (Arming Plugs for Land Mines)[edit | edit source]

R7BJ (Arming Plug M4 for Anti-Tank Mine M15)
R7BJA = 120 x M4 Arming Plugs for M15 AT Mine in wooden crate.

Class R7D (Practice Land Mines)[edit | edit source]

R7DL (M12A1 Practice Heavy Anti-Tank Land Mine, Empty)
R7DLB = 2 x M12A1 Practice Heavy Land Mines in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 40 lbs. Volume: 1.56 cu. ft.

Class R7H (Demolition Material)[edit | edit source]

R7HCA 16 x M2 Demolition Charge (Tetrytol) [2.5 lbs. each], 8 charges (plus fuze train assembly) per haversack [21 lbs.], 2 haversacks per wooden crate. Net Weight: 42 lbs. Gross Weight: 67 lbs. Volume: 1.3 cubic feet.
R7HDA 16 x M3 Demolition Charge (Composition C3) [2.25 lbs. each], 8 charges (plus fuze train assembly) per haversack [19 lbs.], 2 haversacks per wooden crate. Net Weight: 38 lbs. Gross Weight: 44 lbs. Volume: 0.91 cubic feet.

Class R7L (Demolition Kits)[edit | edit source]

R7LY (Demolition Kit M37)
R7LYA = 2 x M37 Demolition Kits in wooden crate.

Sub-Group R8 (Ammunition, complete, nonstandard)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group R9 (?)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group R10 (Packing materials used by field service)[edit | edit source]

Group "S" Material (Bombs, grenades, pyrotechnics)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group S1 (Bombs, aircraft, all types)[edit | edit source]

S1DDA Bomb, GP, 250lb AN-M57A1 (Tritonal Filling), with transit hoops
S1DGA Bomb, GP, 1000lb AN-M65A1 (Tritonal Filling), with transit hoops
S1FKA 2 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 23lb M72, with fuzes, in wooden crate
S1GDA Bomb, Chemical, 500lb AN-M78 (AC Filling), with transit hoops
S1HGA Bomb, GP, 1000lb AN-M65A1 (TNT Filling), with transit hoops
S1HMA Bomb, GP, 1000lb AN-M65A1 (Composition B Filling), with transit hoops
S1HTA Bomb, GP, 500lb AN-M64A1 (TNT Filling), with transit hoops
S1HVA Cluster, Fragmentation, 500lb size T4E4 (AN-M26), of 20 x Bombs, Fragmentation, AN-M41A1, in steel drum
S1HWA Bomb, GP, 500lb AN-M64A1 (Composition B Filling), with transit hoops
S1ICA Bomb, GP, 500lb AN-M64A1 (Tritonal Filling), with transit hoops
S1VAA Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size AN-M1A2, of 6 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb AN-M41A1, unfuzed, in wooden crate
S1VBA Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size AN-M4A1, of 3 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 23lb AN-M40 or AN-M40A1, unfuzed, in wooden crate
S1ZVA Cluster, Practice, 100lb size M2, of 6 x Bombs, Practice, 20lb M48 with Fuzes M110, in wooden crate
S1ZVB Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size M1, of 6 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb M41 with Fuzes M110, in wooden crate
S1ZVD Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size M1A1, of 6 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb M48 with Fuzes M110, in wooden crate
S1ZVE Cluster, Practice, 100lb size M2A1, of 6 x Bombs, Practice, 20lb M48 with Fuzes M110, in wooden crate
S1ZVF Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size M4, of 3 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 23lb M40 with Fuzes M104, in wooden crate
S1ZVG Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size M1, of 6 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb M41 with Fuzes M110A1, in wooden crate
S1ZVH Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size M1A1, of 6 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb M41 with Fuzes M110, in wooden crate
S1ZVI Cluster, Practice, 100lb size M2, of 6 x Bombs, Practice, 20lb M48 with Fuzes M110A1, in wooden crate
S1ZVJ Cluster, Practice, 100lb size M2A1, of 6 x Bombs, Practice, 20lb M48 with Fuzes M110A1, in wooden crate
S1ZVK Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size M4, of 3 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 23lb M40 with fuzes M120 in wooden crate
S1ZVL Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size AN-M1A1, of 6 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb AN-M41 with Fuzes AN-M110A1, in wooden crate
S1ZVN Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size AN-M4, of 3 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 23lb AN-M40 with Fuzes AN-M104, in wooden crate
S1ZVO Cluster, Fragmentation, 100lb size AN-M4, of 3 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 23lb AN-M40 with fuzes AN-M120 in wooden crate
S1ZVP Cluster, Practice, 100lb size AN-M2A1, of 6 x Bombs, Practice, 20lb AN-M48 with Fuzes M110A1, in wooden crate
S1ZVQ Cluster, Fragmentation, 500lb size AN-M26, of 20 x Bombs, Fragmentation, 20lb AN-M41 with Fuzes AN-M110A1, in steel drum
S1ZVT Cluster, Practice, 100lb size AN-M2A1, of 6 x Bombs, Practice, 20lb AN-M48 with Fuzes M110, in wooden crate.

Sub-Group S2 (Fuzes and miscellaneous explosive components for aircraft bombs)[edit | edit source]

AN- stands for "Army / Navy", meaning it is a common supply item for both the War and Navy departments.

S2FRB = 9 x Fuzes, Bomb, Tail, AN-M100A2 (Non-Delay), in metal cans, in wooden crate.
S2MUA = 30 x Fuzes, Bomb, Nose, AN-M158, in metal cans, in wooden crate.
S2NLA = 48 x Fuzes, Bomb, Nose, AN-M126A1, in metal cans, in wooden crate.
S2NRA = 25 x Fuzes, Bomb, Nose, AN-M103A1, in metal cans, in wooden crate.
S2QNA = 25 x Fuzes, Bomb, Tail, AN-M100A1, in metal cans, in wooden crate.
S2QQB = 9 x Fuzes, Bomb, Tail, AN-M102A2 (.025 Sec Delay), in metal cans, in wooden crate.

Sub-Group S3 (Fin assemblies, and miscellaneous inert components for aircraft bombs)[edit | edit source]

S3FHB = 20 x Containers, 100 Arming Wire Assemblies, in wooden crate.
S3JWA = Fin Assembly, 250lb size, AN-M106A1, with/without accessories, in metal crate.
S3POB = 5 x Arming Wire Assemblies for Bomb, Chemical, 100lb M47A2, in round metal tin.
S3RHB = 5 x Arming Wire Assemblies for Bomb, Fragmentation, 260lb AN-M81, in round metal tin.

Sub-Group S4 (Grenades, hand and rifle, and fuzing components)[edit | edit source]

Class S4F (Rifle Grenades, Signal, Colored Smoke, Ground, for Grenade Launchers M1, M2, M7, & M8)[edit | edit source]

S4FH (M23A1 Rifle Grenade, Smoke Streamer, Green)
S4FHA = 10 x M23A1 Rifle Grenades in fiberboard tubes in wooden crate. Comes with 3 Launcher Positioning Clips and an M13 Grenade Launcher Assortment metal ammo can (1 x 10-round carton of .30-'06 Grenade Blank M3 and 2 x 5-round packets (10 cartridges) of M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges). Gross Weight: 38 lbs. Volume: 0.98 cubic feet.

Class S4G (Mk.II Fragmentation Grenade)[edit | edit source]

S4GCA = 25 x Mk.2 Fragmentation Grenades (Fuse M10A2) in M41 Fiber Containers (fiberboard storage tubes) in a wooden crate. Gross Weight: 53 lbs. Volume: 1.25 Cubic Feet.
S4GIA = 25 x Mk.2 Fragmentation Grenades (Fuse M10A3) in M41 Fiber Containers (fiberboard storage tubes) in a wooden crate. Gross Weight: 53 lbs. Volume: 1.28 Cubic Feet.
S4GQA = 25 x Mk.2 Fragmentation Grenades (Fuse M204A1) in M41 Fiber Containers (fiberboard storage tubes) in a wooden crate. Gross Weight: 52.9 lbs. Volume: 1.25 Cubic Feet.

Class S4K (Mk.III Offensive Grenade)[edit | edit source]

Note: Since it was a high explosive grenade, they were shipped without fuzes to prevent accidental detonation during shipping. The Mk.3A2 grenade used the M6A3 fuse, later replaced with the M206 fuze.

S4KBA = 50 x Mk.3A2 Offensive Grenades (Unfused) in a wooden crate.

Class S4N (M9 Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade)[edit | edit source]

S4NBA = 10 x M9A1 HEAT Rifle Grenades packed in fiberboard storage tubes in a wooden crate with metal M13 Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo can (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 Grenade Blank M3 cartridges and 2 packets of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Blank Cartridges). Gross Weight: 32 lbs.
S4NBB = 10 x M9A1 HEAT Rifle Grenades packed in fiberboard storage tubes in a wooden crate with metal M13 Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo can (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 Grenade Blank M3 cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine Grenade Blank M6 cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges). Gross Weight: 32 lbs.
S4NGA = 50 x M11A2 Practice HEAT Rifle Grenades packed in fiberboard storage tubes in a wooden crate with 5 metal M13 Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 Grenade Blank M3 cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine Grenade Blank M6 cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges). Gross Weight: 32 lbs. Volume: 3.5 Cubic Feet.

Class S4Q (Adapter, Grenade Projection)[edit | edit source]

S4QF (M1A1 Grenade Projection Adapter, for use with the Mk.II Fragmentation Grenade)

Note: The M1A1 Grenade Projection Adapter converted a Mk.II fragmentation grenade into a rifle grenade.

S4QFD = 48 x M1A1 Grenade Projection Adapters. Comes with 5 x metal M13 Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 Grenade Blank M3 cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine Grenade Blank M6 cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges). Volume: 1.75 Cubic Feet.

Sub-Group S5 (Pyrotechnics, military, all types)[edit | edit source]

Class S5P (Signal, Illumination, Aircraft, for Pyrotechnic Pistol AN-M8)[edit | edit source]

S5PD (Aircraft Illumination Signal, 37mm AN-M37A1, Double Star Flare, Red-Red)
S5PDC = 72 cartridges x Signal, Illumination, Aircraft, 37mm AN-M37A1, Double Star Flare, Red-Red, 6 cartons of 12 cartridges each, in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 36 lbs. Volume: 0.75 cubic feet.

Class S5R (Signal, Illumination, Ground, for Grenade Launchers M1, M2, M7, & M8)[edit | edit source]

S5RM (M22A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, Amber Star Cluster Flare)
S5RMB 30 x M19A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RO (M21A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, Amber Star Parachute Flare)
S5ROB 30 x M21A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RP (M20A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, Green Star Cluster Flare)
S5RPB 30 x M20A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RQ (M19A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, Green Star Parachute Flare)
S5RQB 30 x M19A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RR (M18A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, White Star Cluster Flare)
S5RRB 30 x M18A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RS (M17A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, White Star Parachute Flare)
S5RSB 30 x M17A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RT (M51A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, Red Star Parachute Flare)
S5RTA 48 x M51A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 5 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges and 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges). Gross Weight: 86 lbs. Volume: 2.46 cubic feet.
S5RTB 30 x M51A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).
S5RU (M52A1 Rifle Grenade, Ground Signal, Red Star Cluster Flare)
S5RUB 30 x M52A1 rifle grenades, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Comes with 3 x M13 metal Grenade Launcher Assortment ammo cans (1 carton of 10 x .30-'06 M3 Grenade Blank cartridges, 1 carton of 6 x .30 Carbine M6 Grenade Blank cartridges, and 1 packet of 5 x M7 Grenade Auxiliary Cartridges).

Sub-Group S6 (Ammunition instruction material for grenades, pyrotechnics, and aircraft bombs)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group S7 (Guided missile complete rounds, all types)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group S8 (Guided missile explosive components, all types)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group S9 (Rockets, all types)[edit | edit source]

Class S9A (2.36" Rocket for Anti-Tank Rocket Launchers M1, M1A1, M9, & M9A1)[edit | edit source]

Note = The fiberboard packing tubes are sealed with colored tape. The color of the tape indicates what type of rocket it is: yellow is HEAT, gray is Smoke, and blue is Practice.[2]

  • S9ACA = 20 x 2.36" M6 Rockets, HE (Anti-Tank), in M87 fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 128 lbs. Volume: 3.7 cubic feet.
  • S9AKA = 12 x 2.36" M10 Rockets, Bursting Smoke (White Phosphorus), in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 68 lbs. Volume: 2.4 cubic feet.
  • S9ASB = 8 x 2.36" M7A6 Rockets, Practice, in fiberboard tubes, in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 53 lbs.Volume: 1.41 cubic feet.

Class S9IKA (Fuses for Rockets)[edit | edit source]

  • S9IKA = 12 x Variable Time (VT) Fuze M402 in metal packing box. Gross Weight: 67 lbs.Volume: 1.24 cubic feet.

Class S9J (3.5" Rocket for Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher M20)[edit | edit source]

  • S9JKA = 3 x 3.5" M28 Rockets, HE (Anti-Tank) in fiberboard tubes, in a wooden crate. Gross Weight: 53 lbs. Volume: 1.59 cubic feet.
  • S9JNA = 3 x 3.5" M28A2 Rockets, HE (Anti-Tank) in fiberboard tubes, in a wooden crate. Gross Weight: ? lbs. Volume: 1.45 cubic feet.

Sub-Group S10 (Obsolete and nonstandard bombs, grenades, pyrotechnics, and rockets)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group S11 (Materials for renovating and packaging of Group "S" ammunition and miscellaneous items)[edit | edit source]

Group "T" Material (Small Arms Ammunition)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group T1 (Ammunition for Rifle, Carbine and Automatic Gun)[edit | edit source]

Class T1A (.22 Long Rifle; Gallery Practice Ammunition)[edit | edit source]

The military used .22-caliber training rifles to teach basic marksmanship before transitioning to full-bore service rifles.

T1AAA = 10,000 cartridges of .22 Long Rifle Ball, in 50-round cartons. They were packed 10 cartons per cardboard box (500 rounds) and there were 20 boxes per wooden crate. Gross Weight: 85 lbs. Volume: 0.7 Cubic Feet.
TAAAA = 6,000 cartridges of .22 Long Rifle Ball, in cartons, in M20 ammo cans, in an M22 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 60 lbs. Volume: 0.75 Cubic Feet.

Class T1C (.30 Carbine; Ammunition for .30-caliber Carbine M1)[edit | edit source]

This ammunition was for use with the M1 Carbine, a different weapon than the M1 Garand Rifle. The primers for the cartridges were non-corrosive because the M1 carbine's gas-system would have fouled or corroded if standard corrosive primers were used.

Cartons (1943-1948)

Note = .30 Carbine ammunition was not carried or packed in bandoleers during World War 2.
T1CAA = 2,700 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 45-round cartons packed in a metal-lined M1917 wooden Packing Box. There were 60 cartons per box. Pre-War 45-round packing; each carton was divided into three 15-round sections so there would be no ammunition wasted. Volume: 1.49 cubic feet.
T1CAA = 3,000 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 50-round cartons packed in a metal-lined M1917 wooden Packing Box. There were 60 cartons per box. Changed to 50-round packaging in 1942 to make it quicker to distribute ammunition. Volume: 1.49 cubic feet.
T1CAF = 3,200 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 50-round cartons packed in M6 ammo cans. Each M6 ammo can contained 16 cartons (800 rounds). There were 4 x M6 ammo cans per crate.
T1CAH = 2,400 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 50-round cartons packed in M6 ammo cans. Each M6 ammo can contained 16 cartons (800 rounds). There were 3 x M6 ammo cans per M4 crate. Gross Weight: 85 lbs. Volume: 0.87 cubic feet.
T1CAJ = 1,600 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 50-round cartons packed in M6 ammo cans. Each M6 ammo can contained 16 cartons (800 rounds). There were 2 x M6 ammo cans per M7 ammo crate. Gross Weight: 59 lbs. Volume: 0.662 cubic feet.
T1CAZ = 4,800 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 50-round cartons packed in M6 ammo cans. Each M6 ammo can contained 16 cartons (800 rounds). There were 6 x M6 ammo cans per crate.

Cartons (1948-1958)

TACAA = 1,800 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 50-round cartons packed in M20 ammo cans. Each M20 ammo can contained 18 cartons (900 rounds). There were 2 x M20 ammo cans per M22 ammo crate. Volume: 0.75 Cu. Ft.

Bandoleers (1948-1958)

TACAL = 1,200 cartridges of .30 Carbine Ball in 10-round stripper clips in bandoleers packed in M20 ammo cans. The stripper clips did not require a separate magazine guide because they had a magazine guide built-in to speed reloading. Each M1 bandoleer had 6 pockets (containing 2 stripper clips each) for a total of 120 rounds per bandolier. Each M20 ammo can contained 5 pre-packed bandoleers (600 rounds total). There were 2 x M20 ammo cans per M22 ammo crate. Gross Weight: 54 lbs. Volume: 0.75 cubic feet.
TACCA = 1,200 cartridges of .30 Carbine Tracer M27 in 10-round stripper clips in bandoleers packed in M20 ammo cans. Each M1 bandoleer had 6 pockets (containing 2 stripper clips each) for a total of 120 rounds per bandolier. Each M20 ammo can contained 5 pre-packed bandoleers (600 rounds). There were 2 x M20 ammo cans per M22 ammo crate. Gross Weight: 52 lbs. Volume: 0.75 Cubic Feet

Class T1E (.30-06 Springfield; Ammunition for .30-caliber Rifles and Machine Guns)[edit | edit source]

This ammunition was used in the .30-caliber M1903 Springfield, M1917 Enfield, and M1 Garand Rifle and the .30-caliber Browning M1917 water-cooled and Browning M1919 air-cooled machineguns.
There were three cartridge grades based on accuracy and reliability: "AC/R", "MG", and "3". Test batches would be randomly drawn from a lot and they would be chambered and fired individually from a fixed bench-rested barrel and mechanism at a stationary round "bullseye" target 600 feet away. "AC" (Aircraft), the most accurate and reliable, was similar to the RAF's "Red Label" ammunition used in their synchronized aircraft machineguns. It had to be grouped within a 5-inch circle and not exceed a specified maximum number of stoppages to be acceptable. It came in metal linked belts and was suitable for aircraft and anti-aircraft machine-guns. "R" (Rifle) had to be grouped within a 5-inch circle; it came packed in cartons or bandoleers and was suitable for use in rifles. "MG" (Machine Gun), the least accurate, had to be grouped within a 7.5-inch circle; it came in woven belts and was suitable for use in ground machine-guns. Class 3 (Unsuitable) was rejected for not meeting standards.
Ammunition Lot Numbers had a code letter prefix to indicate how it was packed: "C" indicated rifle ammunition loaded in clips, "B" indicated Belted (woven cloth belt) machinegun ammunition, and "L" indicated Linked (metal link belt) machinegun ammunition. Cartons (1939-1948)

T1EDM = 1500 cartridges .30-06 AP M2, in 20-round cartons, 75 cartons per metal-lined wooden crate M1917. Gross Weight: 113 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EDW = ? cartridges .30-06 AP M2, in 20-round cartons, 11 cartons per M10 ammo can (220 rounds), ? x M10 ammo cans per wooden crate.
T1EGM = 960 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, in 20-round cartons, 12 cartons per waxed cardboard box (240 rounds), 4 x waxed cardboard boxes per wooden crate. Gross Weight: 72 lbs. Volume: 1.2 cubic feet.
T1EHW = ? cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, in 20-round cartons, 11 cartons per M10 ammo can (220 rounds), ? x M10 ammo cans per wooden crate.

Cartons (1948-1958)

TAEPA = 1040 cartridges .30-06 TR M25, in 20-round cartons, 26 cartons per M21 ammo can (520 rounds), 2 x M21 ammo cans per M23 wooden crate. Volume: 1.2 cubic feet.
TAEHB = 1040 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, in 20-round cartons, 26 cartons per M21 ammo can (520 rounds), 2 x M21 ammo cans per M23 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 83 lbs. Volume: 1.2 cubic feet.

Bandoleers (1939-1948)
Note: 5-round Mauser-style stripper clips were used by the M1903 Springfield and M1917 Enfield. 8-round Mannlicher-style en-bloc clips were used by the M1 Garand. The M1 Bandoleer had six pockets; each pocket could hold either two 5-round stripper clips (60 rounds total) or one 8-round en-bloc clip (48 rounds total).
The symbol for ammunition packed in stripper clips was 5 bullets conjoined by a long rectangle across the base (looking like 5 bullets in a Mauser clip); there were two symbols in a vertical column per side. The symbol for ammunition packed in en-bloc clips was a rectangular oval with 2 rows of 4 dots (looking like eight rounds in an en-bloc clip); there were one or two symbols in a vertical column per side.

T1EDC = 1500 cartridges .30-06 AP M2, 5-round stripper clips in bandoleers (12 clips / 60 rounds), 25 bandoleers per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EDV = 1344 cartridges .30-06 AP M2, 8-round en-bloc clips in bandoleers (6 clips / 48 rounds), 28 bandoleers per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 111 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EGK = 1500 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, 5-round stripper clips in bandoleers (12 clips / 60 rounds), 25 bandoleers per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 112 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EHA = 1344 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, 8-round en-bloc clips in bandoleers (6 clips / 48 rounds), 28 bandoleers per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 108 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EHO = 480 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, 5-round clips in bandoleers (12 clips / 60 rounds), 4 bandoleers per M8 ammo can (240 rounds), 2 x M8 ammo cans per M9 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 42 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1EHP = 480 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, 8-round clips in bandoleers (6 clips / 48 rounds), 5 bandoleers per M8 ammo can (240 rounds), 2 x M8 ammo cans per M9 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 46 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1EPC = 1500 cartridges .30-06 Tracer M1, 5-round stripper clips in bandoleers (12 clips / 60 rounds), 25 bandoleers per metal-lined wooden chest M1917
T1EPM = 1344 cartridges .30-06 Tracer M1, 8-round en-bloc clips in bandoleers (6 clips / 48 rounds), 28 bandoleers per metal-lined wooden chest M1917

Bandoleers (1948-1958)
Note: The ammunition now only came in 8-round en-bloc clips because the M1 Garand was the standard service rifle.

TAEAB = 384 cartridges .30-06 AP M2, 8-round en-bloc clips in bandoleers (6 clips / 48 rounds), 4 bandoleers per metal M20 ammo can (192 rounds), 2 x M20 ammo cans per M22 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 38 lbs. Volume: 0.75 cubic feet.
TAEGA = 384 cartridges .30-06 Ball M2, 8-round en-bloc clips in bandoleers (6 clips / 48 rounds), 4 bandoleers per metal M20 ammo can (192 rounds), 2 x M20 ammo cans per M22 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 40 lbs. Volume: 0.75 cubic feet.

Belted
Note: The symbol for belted or linked 0.30-06 Springfield ammunition was a vertical string of cartridges pointing right. Most early 0.30-'06 machinegun ammunition manufactured during World War II was belted rather than linked due to a steel shortage. All metal-linked ammunition was reserved for the Army Air Force and Naval Aviation. When the US Army Air Force .30-caliber machinegun was superseded by the .50-caliber machinegun mid-war, all .30-caliber ammunition began to be belted in M1 250-round belts for infantry use or M3 100-round woven belts for use in vehicles and tanks. Post-World War II production used linked ammunition.
In a belt with mixture of ammunition types the number and type of rounds per 5- or 10-round segment is used. If different ammunition types were used in the segment, they were usually alternated (for example, A-B-A-B-C rather than A-A-B-B-C), with the tracer round (C) at the end. Usually one round in five or ten was tracer, to show the gunner the trajectory.

T1ECT = 1500 cartridges .30-06 linked (4 x AP M2, 1xTR M1) in cartons (250-round belt), 6 cartons per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EDP = 1000 cartridges .30-06 belted or 1100 rounds .30-06 linked (4 x AP M2, 1 x TR M1) in metal ammo box M1, 4 x M1 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Volume: 0.8 cubic feet.
T1EED = 250 cartridges .30-06 belted or 275 rounds .30-06 linked (9 x AP M2, 1 x TR M1) in metal ammo box M1.
T1EEF = 1200 cartridges .30-06 linked (2 x AP M2, 2 x INC M1, 1 x TR M1), in cartons (100 round belt), 12 cartons per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 106 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EGW = 250 cartridges .30-06 belted or 275 rounds .30-06 linked (4 x Ball M2, 1 x TR M1) in metal ammo box M1.
T1EHC = 250 cartridges .30-06 belted or 275 rounds .30-06 linked (9 x Ball M2, 1 x TR M1) in metal ammo box M1.
T1EHD = 1500 cartridges .30-06 belted (4 x Ball M2, 1x TR M1), in cartons (250-round belt), 6 cartons per metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 111 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1EHR = 480 cartridges .30-06 linked (4 x Ball M2, 1 x TR M1), 120 linked rounds per carton, 2 cartons per M8 ammo can (240 rounds), 2 x M8 ammo cans per M9 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 45 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1EMB = 1000 cartridges .30-06 belted (4 x Ball M2, 1 x TR M1), 250 belted rounds per metal M1 ammo box, 4 x M1 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Gross Weight: 93 lbs. Volume: 0.8 cubic feet.

Class T1I (.50 Browning Machine Gun)[edit | edit source]

There were three grades of cartridges, based on accuracy and reliability. "AC" (Aircraft)the highest, came in metal linked belts and was suitable for aircraft and Anti-Aircraft machine-guns. "MG" (Machine Gun) came in woven cloth or metal-link belts and was suitable for use in ground machine-guns. Class 3 (Unsuitable) was rejected as being under standards and was destroyed. Cartons

T1IAA = 120 cartridges .50 AP M2, in 10-round cartons, 6 cartons per M10 ammo can (60 rounds), 2 x M10 cans per M12 wooden crate. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1IBS = 240 cartridges .50 AP M2 in 10-round cartons, 6 cartons per waxed cardboard box (60 rounds), 4 x waxed cardboard boxes per wooden crate. Gross Weight: 77 lbs. Volume: 1.2 cubic feet.
T1IDC = 350 cartridges .50 API M8, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IDD = 350 cartridges .50 API M8, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 110 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IDR = 120 cartridges .50 API M8, in 10-round cartons, 6 cartons per M10 ammo can (60 rounds), 2 x M10 cans per M12 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 42 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1IFB = 350 cartridges .50 Ball M1, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IGB = 350 cartridges .50 Ball M1, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 109 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IGT = 120 cartridges .50 Ball M2, in 10-round cartons, 6 cartons per M10 ammo can, 2 x M10 ammo cans per M12 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 44 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1IKA = 350 cartridges .50 Incendiary M1, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IKC = 240 cartridges .50 Incendiary M1, in 10-round cartons, 12 cartons per waxed cardboard box (120 rounds), 2 x waxed cardboard boxes per T2 wooden crate (240 rounds). Gross Weight: 75 lbs. Volume: 1.12 cubic feet.
T1IPB = 350 rounds of .50 Tracer M1, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.

Belted (1939-1948)
Note: The symbol for belted or linked 0.50-caliber BMG ammunition was a diagonal string of cartridges pointing from the lower left corner to the upper right corner. The type of ammunition was indicated by a code letter prefixed to the ammunition's Lot Number. "B" stood for Belted (woven cloth belt) and "L" stood for Linked (disintegrating metal links).
Due to a steel shortage, linked belts were originally reserved for the Army Air Force and Naval Aviation. Machinegun ammunition for ground use was supplied in 110-round M7 woven belts for infantry and 50-round woven belts for vehicles and tanks. After the Allies achieved air superiority over Europe around the fall of 1944, linked rounds began being issued to ground units.
In a belt with a mixture of ammunition types the number and type of rounds per 5- or 10-round segment is used. If different ammunition types were used in the segment, they were usually alternated (for example, A-B-A-B-C rather than A-A-B-B-C), with the tracer round (C) at the end. Usually one in five or one in ten cartridges were tracer.

T1IBA = 300 cartridges .50 linked (Ball M2), 100 rounds per metal ammo box M2, 3 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate.
T1IBW = 265 cartridges .50 linked (AP M2), in metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1ICA = 265 cartridges .50 linked (2 x AP M2, 2 x Incendiary M1, 1 x Tracer M1), in metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1ICC = 265 cartridges .50 linked (2 x AP M2, 2 x Incendiary M1, 1 x Tracer M1), in metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 100 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1ICE = 265 cartridges .50 linked (4 x AP M2, 1 x Tracer M1) in metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1ICN = 220 cartridges .50 belted (2 x AP M2, 2 x INC M1, 1 x TR M1), 110 belted rounds in metal M2 ammo box, 2 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Gross Weight: 71 lbs. Volume: 0.93 Cubic Feet.
T1ICQ = 210 cartridges .50 linked (2 x AP M2, 2 x INC M1, 1 x TR M1), Aircraft (AC) grade, 105 linked rounds in metal M2 ammo box, 2 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Volume: 0.93 Cubic Feet.
T1ICR = 210 cartridges .50 linked (2 x AP M2, 2 x INC M1, 1 x TR M1), Machinegun (MG) grade, 105 linked rounds in metal M2 ammo box, 2 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Volume: 0.93 Cubic Feet.
T1ICW = 240 cartridges .50 linked (AP M2), in 60-round cartons, in metal-lined wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 95 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IDH = 265 cartridges .50 linked (2 x API M8, 2 x Incendiary M1, 1 x Tracer M10), in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IDP = 210 cartridges .50 linked (4 x AP M2, 1 x TR M1), 105 linked rounds in metal M2 ammo box, 2 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Volume: 0.93 Cubic Feet.
T1IDS = 110 cartridges .50 linked (2 x AP-I M8, 2 x INC M1 , 1 TR M10), 55 linked rounds in metal M10 ammo can, 2 x M10 ammo cans per M12 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 44 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1IFC = 210 cartridges .50 linked (Ball M1), 105 rounds per metal ammo box M2, 2 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Volume: 0.93 Cubic Feet.
T1IFW = 210 cartridges .50 linked (4 x Ball M33, 1 x TR M17), 105 rounds per metal ammo box M2, 2 x M2 ammo boxes per wooden crate. Volume: 0.93 Cubic Feet.
T1IGD = 265 cartridges .50 linked (4 x Ball M2, 1 x TR M1), in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IGO = 265 cartridges .50 linked (Ball M2) in wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 97 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IGR = 240 cartridges .50 linked (Ball M2), in 60-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 93 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IGV = 240 cartridges .50 linked (Ball M2), in 60-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IIH = 265 cartridges .50 linked (2 x API M8, 2 x Incendiary M1, 1 x Tracer M10), in wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 99 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IIJ = 110 cartridges .50 linked (API M8), 55 linked rounds per carton, 1 carton per M10 ammo can, 2 x M10 ammo cans per M12 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 44 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1IIM = 110 cartridges .50 linked (4 x API M8, 1 x INC M1), 55 linked rounds per carton, 1 carton per M10 ammo can, 2 x M10 ammo cans per M12 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 44 lbs. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.
T1IIN = 265 cartridges .50 linked (2 x API M8, 2 x Incendiary M1, 1 x API-T M20), in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IIW = 265 cartridges .50 linked (4 x API M8, 1 x API-T M20), in wooden chest M1917. Gross Weight: 96 lbs. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T1IMM = 110 cartridges .50 linked (4 x Ball M2, 1 x Tracer M1), 55 linked rounds per carton, 1 carton per M10 ammo can, 2 x M10 ammo cans per M12 wooden crate. Volume: 0.7 cubic feet.

Belted (1948-1958)

TAIGC = 224 cartridges .50 linked (API M8), 112 linked rounds per carton, 1 carton per M21 ammo can, 2 x M21 ammo cans per M23 wooden crate (224 rounds). Gross Weight: 83 lbs. Volume: 1.2 cubic feet.
TAIFW = 210 cartridges .50 linked (4 x Ball M33, 1 x TR M17), 105 linked rounds per carton, 2 cartons per wooden crate. Gross Weight: 80 lbs. Volume: 1.07 Cubic Feet.

Class T1J (Class T1 Defective Ammunition)[edit | edit source]

Details ammunition that was Class 3 (Unserviceable). All Unserviceable ammunition was to be destroyed.

T1JAA = 265 cartridges .50 linked Tracer M1, Defective, in wooden chest M1917

Class T1U (Class T1 Blank Ammunition)[edit | edit source]

T1UCC = 150 cartridges .50 Blank T-40, linked, in wooden crate.
T1UAK = 1480 cartridges .30-06 Blank M1909, in clips in cartons, in wooden crate. Gross Weight: 67 lbs. Volume: 1.1 cubic feet.

Class T1V (Class T1 "Dummy" Ammunition)[edit | edit source]

T1VAE = 960 cartridges .30-06 Dummy M1906, in clips in 20-round cartons, cartons in metal ammo can M8 (240 rounds), 4 x M8 ammo cans per wooden crate.
T1VGC = 350 cartridges .50 Dummy M2, in 10-round cartons, in wooden chest M1917. Volume: 1.5 Cubic Feet.

Sub-Group T2 (Ammunition for Revolver, Pistol and Submachinegun)[edit | edit source]

Pistol ammunition came in three grades. Grade 1 was suitable for revolvers and pistols, Grade 2 was suitable for pistols and submachineguns, and Grade 3 was Unsuitable for use.

Class T2A (.45 ACP)[edit | edit source]

Ammunition with an "S" code letter prefix was made with steel cases rather than brass. This was a World War Two economy measure to conserve copper and tin.

T2AAA = 2000 Cartridges, .45 ACP Ball M1911, in 20-round Cartons, 100 cartons per metal-lined M1917 Wooden Packing Box (2000 rounds). Pre-war 20-round packaging. Gross Weight: 110 lbs. Volume: 0.92 Cubic Feet.
T2AAA = 2000 Cartridges, .45 ACP Ball M1911, in 50-round Cartons, 40 cartons per metal-lined M1917 Wooden Packing Box (2000 rounds). Changed to 50-round packaging in 1942 to make it quicker to distribute ammunition. Volume: 0.92 Cubic Feet.
T2AAD = 1800 Cartridges, .45 ACP Ball M1911, in 50-round Cartons, 18 cartons per T1 waxed cardboard box (900 rounds), 2 x T1 boxes per T4 packing box (1800 rounds). Created in 1942 to make it easier to open and unpack ammunition. The waterproof wax coating was found to be ineffective and sea salt-air and moisture caused the ammunition to corrode. Gross Weight: 95 lbs. Volume: 0.8 Cubic Feet.
T2AAF = 1200 Cartridges, .45 ACP Ball M1911, in 50-round Cartons, 12 cartons per metal M5 ammo can (600 rounds), 2 x M5 ammo cans per M3 wooden crate (1200 rounds). Created in 1943 to replace the T2AAD crate. Gross Weight: 67 lbs. Volume: 0.64 Cubic Feet.
T2AAM = 1200 Cartridges, .45 ACP Ball M1911, in 50-round Cartons, 12 cartons per metal M20 ammo can (600 rounds), 2 x M20 ammo cans per M22 wooden crate (1200 rounds). Created in 1948? to replace the T2AAF crate. Gross Weight: 68 lbs. Volume: 0.75 Cubic Feet.

Class T2V (Class T2 "Dummy" Ammunition)[edit | edit source]

T2VAC = 1200 Cartridges, .45 ACP Dummy M1921, in 50-round Cartons, 12 cartons per M5 ammunition can (600 rounds), 2 x M5 ammo cans per M3 wooden crate. Volume: 0.75 Cubic Feet.

Sub-Group T3 (Shells for Shotgun)[edit | edit source]

Guard shells (No. 4 Birdshot with a brass base or partial brass case and a paper hull) were used by sentries and military police. Combat shells (00 Buckshot with a partial or full brass case) were used by frontline troops. Sporting shells (No. 6 or No. 8 Birdshot with a brass base and paper hull) were used for competition trap shooting and hunting game. Chilled shot was ammunition manufactured by dropping measured drops of hot lead from the top of a tall structure (called a "shot tower") into a tub of cold water below; it was denser and harder than regular lead shot.

Class T3A (12 Gauge 2.75" Shell)[edit | edit source]

Note = Shells were also bought in commercial 500-shell wooden packing boxes that only had the manufacturer's markings on them.
T3ABD = 675 Shells, Shotgun, 12 Gauge, No.00 Buckshot, in 25-shell cartons. 27 cartons per M1917 wooden chest. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T3AGD = 675 Shells, Shotgun, 12 Gauge, No.8 Chilled Shot, in 25-shell cartons. 27 cartons per M1917 wooden chest. Volume: 1.5 cubic feet.
T3AGE = 360 Shells, Shotgun, 12 Gauge, No.8 Chilled Shot, in 5-shell cartons. 24 cartons per M10 metal ammo can (120 shells). 3 x M10 ammo cans per M15 wooden crate. Gross Weight: 55 lbs. Volume: 0.9 Cubic Feet.
T3AUD = 240 Shells, Shotgun, 12 Gauge, No.8 Chilled Shot, Paper Cased, in 5-shell cartons. 24 cartons per M10 metal ammo can (120 shells). 2 x M10 ammo cans per M12 wooden crate.
T3AWD = 360 Shells, Shotgun, 12 Gauge, No. 4 Chilled Shot, in 5-shell cartons, 24 cartons per M10 metal ammo can (120 shells). 3 x M10 ammo cans per M15 wooden crate. Volume: 0.9 Cubic Feet.

Class T3G (.410 Gauge 3" Shell M35)[edit | edit source]

The M35 was a special .410 Bore shell with a full brass case used in compact survival weapons.

T3GAA = 450 Shells, Shotgun, .410 Gauge M35, No.6 Shot, in 25-shell cartons in waterproof envelopes, 18 cartons per wooden chest. Gross Weight: 31 lbs. Volume: 0.35 cubic feet.

Sub-Group T4 (Miscellaneous service components of small arms ammunition, and instruction material for field service account)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group T5 (Shipping and packaging containers and materials, including such items as Bandoleers, Belts, Clips, Links, and odds and ends for small arms ammunition)[edit | edit source]

Sub-Group T6 (Ammunition for obsolete and non-standard small arms)[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sledge, Eugene. With the Old Breed...
  2. TM-294 2.36" Rocket Launchers M9, M9A1, and M18, p.46.
  • Department of the Army Supply Manual ORD-11 SNL Group S (Bombs, Grenades and Pyrotechnics)
  • Department of the Army Supply Manual ORD-11 SNL Group T (Small Arms Ammunition)
  • Department of the Army Supply Bulletin SB 9-AMM5 Ammunition Identification Code (AIC)
  • Department of the Army Supply Manual SM 9-5-1305, Stock List of Current Issue Items, Ammunition and Explosives, AMMUNITION - THROUGH 30 MILLIMETER, Federal Supply Class 1305, April 1958.
  • U.S. War Department Training Manual TM 9-1900 Small-Arms Ammunition, September 1947.
  • Dept. of the Army and Air Force Training Manual TM 9-1900 Ammunition, General, June 1956.
  • Dept. of the Army Training Manual TM 9-1305-200, Small Arms Ammunition, June 1961
  • Dept. of the Army Training Manual TM 9-1305-201-34P, Small Arms Ammunition to 30mm - Direct Support & General Support Maintenance Manual', July 1981
  • Dept. of the Army Training Manual TM 9-1305-201-20P, Small Arms Ammunition to 30mm - Organizational Maintenance Manual, Oct 1981

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