Lots of confusing articles on the Internet about this. I hear the word ball ammo all the time. To me, its not a ball per se, but more like a cone. Why the term ball?
What he said.acidlittle said:Generic rounds, back when the first firearms were created, used lead balls. Basically they weren't anything special so when they say ball ammo they are usually referring to target ammo. At least that is my understanding of the subject.
but is this correct, or just misinterpreted lingo by uneducated people? Like clip vs magazine?I suppose that term came forward as ammo progressed, and now FMJ is referred to as ball. Or plain Jane.
A lot of gun lingo is subjective , for me ball ammo was the Army issue, or called FMJ.but is this correct, or just misinterpreted lingo by uneducated people? Like clip vs magazine?
I really don’t know the answer... but ball ammo has always meant to me, lead ball, unjacketed. There is FMJ, JHP, Ball, etc. all means different things to me. But I admit I’ve heard people refer to FMJ practice ammo as “ball”, and though I personally don’t feel it’s correct, I don’t think it’s risen to the level of “clip vs mag“ to rate a correction on the verbiage.
You missed "AR". Especially if we're talking about misinterpretation.A lot of gun lingo is subjective , for me ball ammo was the Army issue, or call it FMJ.
And it didn’t matter if it was M-16 ammo, aka 5.56 MM NATO , or whether it was M-60 MG, aka 7.62 MM NATO.
Ball= FMJ in the Army, but we ain’t in the Army, call it either one. You are right either way.
Ball= In black powder it means a lead ball. Black powder has a lingo all its own, which is for the enthusiasts .
FMJ = Full Metal Jacket. Very, very common type of round. It is clad in metal, except in the rear of the bullet.
TMJ= Total Metal Jacket, the bulleted projectile is completely clad in a metal jacket , usually copper.
NATO= North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
MG= Machine Gun
7.62 MM= .30 caliber, you can fire it out of a .308 Winchester hunting rifle. I have.
Clip vs Magazine= a tempest In a tea pot, call it either one. Tell em to get their panties out of a knot , if they don’t like it.
MM= millimeter , most commonly a 9mm, which is equal to .355 inch or caliber. Ruger has a single action .357 mag called the Blackhawk, and it comes with an interchangeable cylinder. So that you can fire 9mm.
Caliber= One inch, or measured in inches, which is why there is a period with the caliber,eg, .45, .38,etc.
Is there anything else that I didn’t cover, that you want to know?
Now you know enough to have a beginning & a basic knowledge of of the glossary of guns. Don’t let people bull you around, just get by yourself and study.