What is ammunition?

  • (noun): Projectiles to be fired from a gun.
    Synonyms: ammo
    See also — Additional definitions below


Ammunition is a generic term derived from the French language la munition which embraced all material used for war (from the Latin munire, to provide), but which in time came to refer specifically to gunpowder and artillery. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions. In the widest sense of the word it covers anything that can be used in combat that includes bombs, missiles, warheads, and mines (landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines)—that munitions factories manufacture. The purpose of ammunition is predominantly to project force against a selected target. However, the nature of ammunition use also includes delivery or combat supporting munitions such as pyrotechnic or incendiary compounds. Since the design of the cartridge, the meaning has been transferred to the assembly of a projectile and its propellant in a single package.

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Khyber Pass Copy - Ammunition
... The ammunition used in the Khyber Pass region is often underloaded, being made from a variety of powders or even old film (which contains nitrocellulose, a key component of smokeless powder) Khyber ...
Rheological Fluids Based Firearms Mechanisms - Small Arms Applications
... are unsuitable for powerful rifle ammunition ... With rifle ammunition a bolt with a mass nearing 10 kilograms would be necessary to safely absorb the recoil for the time the bolt-head must be locked to the barrel ... This makes it impractical for use with higher-power ammunition ...
Ammunition Sabotage
... As an unconventional warfare tactic, parties to an armed conflict may attempt to supply ammunition to their opponents that has been sabotaged such that some rounds explode when fired, disabling the weapon and ... this tactic has the advantage of undermining the enemy's confidence in their ammunition supply ... Sabotaging ammunition is not without drawbacks, however it involves the supply of some working ammunition to the enemy, and it incurs the risk that ...
Stoner 63 - History - Trials
... it made a positive impression with its light weight and high ammunition capacity the Marines favored the rifle and light machine gun configurations ... outcome of the Army trials of the gun the ammunition requirements proposed were unrealistic and the weapon was expected to perform with an extremely wide range of port pressures, leaving very ... For instance, the tracer ammunition used in the Stoner 63 was of such low pressure that it even failed to function reliably in the M16 ...

More definitions of "ammunition":

  • (noun): Information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint.
    Example: "His admission provided ammunition for his critics"
  • (noun): Any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction.