I recently obtained a 30 round carton (box) of 5.56 x 45mm, M855 ball cartridges, IMI production. The first thing I noticed when I opened the carton was the bullets did not have green painted tips associated with M855 ammunition and most of the cartridges had dents or big scratches and a few bullet tips were blunted. One bullet has an open tip, is this the result of a production problem or is this something else?
Red prime annulus, all bullets are magnetic.
30 round carton
Headstamp; IMI 2010 with NATO “⨁” symbol at 12:00 position
Side profile, open tip bullet cartridge at the top, normal cartridge below.
Side by side view of bullet tips, open tip on the right.