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Catalog Number 2000.021.005
Description .50 Caliber Tracer Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom has a finished edge and the bottom is filled with the tracer composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted orange. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.
Object Name Bullet, Tracer
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title .50 Caliber Tracer 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]

"Tracer ammunition (tracers) are bullets or cannon caliber projectiles that are built with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. Ignited by the burning powder, the pyrotechnic composition burns very brightly, making the projectile trajectory visible to the naked eye during daylight, and very bright during nighttime firing..." [ 8/4/2015]
Dimensions H-2.375 W-0.5 D-0.5 inches
Search Terms Bullets
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Bullets
Machine guns
World War II