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Catalog Number 2000.021.006
Description .50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.
Object Name Bullet, Armor-Piercing
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title .50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944
Date 1944
Creator Des Moines Ordnance Plant, Ankeny, Iowa
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text None.
Provenance From WWII (Navy).
Notes "The Des Moines Ordnance Plant and rifle range testing area were built on 4442 acres of land
just south of Ankeny. The land had been acquired from previous owners therefore becoming government property..." [ 8/4/2015]

"The Browning M2 machine gun was the most widely used weapon on the American bomber and fighter planes of WWII. Due to the high demand of ammunition for this gun, many companies began producing the .50 caliber round to keep the supply available..." [ 8/4/2015]

"An armor-piercing (AP) shell is a type of ammunition designed to penetrate armor. From the 1860s to 1950s, a major application of armor-piercing projectiles was to defeat the thick armor carried on many warships..." [ 8/4/2015]

"Incendiary ammunition is a type of firearm ammunition containing a compound that burns rapidly and causes fires..." [ 8/4/2015]
Dimensions H-2.25 W-0.5 D-0.5 inches
Search Terms Bullets
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Arms & armament
Machine guns
World War II