I am new to the forum. I am a high school teacher and historian who is currently working on a book on infantry weapons and small unit tactics (oriented primarily toward reenactors and “living historians”) during the Vietnam War and I am currently in the research phase of this project, which brings me to my question(s):
- What is the primary difference between M59 and M80 ball ammunition? Also, when were they introduced, respectively?
Based on my current research, it appears that the M80 cartridge replaced the M59 as the standard round of ball ammunition used with the M14 rifle, but cannot confirm. I am simply a historian and a researcher trying to be extremely thorough.
- Fired from the M14 rifle, were M59/M80 ball and M62 tracer rounds capable of penetrating unarmored Soviet Army/Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) 6x6 trucks, such as the ZIL-157 and 130, and the CA-30?
I understand that the M60 machine gun, which apparently fired the same ball and tracer cartridges, was intended for use against light-skinned vehicles, and some of the Army archival information I am currently piecing together seems to suggest that the rounds could inflict damage on these types of vehicles, regardless of the small arm from which they were fired (M14, M14A1, or M60).
Any assistance that the members of this forum can provide would be most appreciated and all replies will receive mention in my book (when it is published) if they wish.