Home Surplus 5.56 NATO Tracer M196 FMJ 55 Grain 720 Round Can 3200 fps
Surplus 5.56 NATO Tracer M196 FMJ 55 Grain 720 Round Can 3200 fps
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Typically ships the same business day when ordered before 4pm CST.
Surplus 5.56x45mm, 55 Grain, red tipped Tracer rounds that are Pre 1986 surplus ammuntion.
Chamber Pressure: 52,000 psi
Velocity 3200 fps, 15 Feet from Muzzle
Visual illumination begins at 50 yards
720 Rounds in a Can.
Chamber Pressure: 52,000 psi
Velocity 3200 fps, 15 Feet from Muzzle
Visual illumination begins at 50 yards
720 Rounds in a Can.
Total number of Reviews: 41
"Over pressure blew out primers. However, I have a really neat and expensive ammo can..."
"Same as above reviewer. Shooting an AR that I have over 3000 rounds through with NO failures. Staggered these tracers with federal xm193 and blew out primers on the tracers, cause double feed, cleared, started over did it again, stopped. Primer came out, logged in bolt and slammed shut causing me to have to hammer bolt out, left pieces everywhere, cleaned the gun thoroughly, went to the range, thought I removed all the tracers from my mags, 1 slipped by, blew the primer, caused the same problem all over again. Left quite a bit of material in my barrel as well. At this point, I would have to agree, I have a very expensive ammo can."
"Same as other reviewers. Primers are consistently blowing out. They need to stop selling this and refund those of us who have already purchased it."
"A friend and I went shooting some of this ammo mixed with some zinc coated steel cased ammo.We experienced minor malfunctions throughout. The tracers did not always ignite but all rounds fired.I did have one issue of the bolt not closing fully on a round and my friend's had one issue with a fired case getting stuck, which may been a dirty chamber."
"I fired a couple of hundred rounds through my Rock River AR with no problems other than setting the field on fire a few times. These rounds traced very well with nice tight groupings. I ordered 2 more cans."
"Luckily I haven\uFFFDt had any of the problems the other reviewers had yet. I shot about 100 rounds out of the can and had no problems at all. I am not sure if they lit up or not because I was shooting at close range. They work for me."
– AR guy
"I never write reviews, but I jumped on this stuff in early June before there were any reviews. I have to say that I didn't make it through the first ten rounds after finally bringing it to the range. I had two stove pipes, two failures to fire, and a failure to feed...in 10 rounds. I abandoned this stuff. I then went through 100 rounds of Remington UMC without a single hiccup. I will try more of this ammo. But only because I have 710 more rounds. Pricey ammo box."
– Aaron H
"I have never had a problem with any of the ammo I purchase from CTD. But this ammo is worthless. I tried using it with my DPMS AR-15 and every other round got jammed. I thought it may be my gun at first, so I purchased some brand new ammo at the range and it didn't jam once for a thirty round mag. Then went back to using this stuff and a round literally exploded in my barrel. I couldn't figure out why the next round wouldn't feed and it was because a casing got stuck in the barrel. This ammo not only sucks, but it is very dangerous to use. Like I said before, I have never had a problem shooting once-fired brass ordered from CTD (I always get the 500 rd BVAC for my .40 S&W), but this stuff is garbage. The bullets don't \"trace\" or light up, or even function properly. They will explode in the barrel and misfire non stop. Don't waste your money."
"This ammo is amazing. Traces well and cycles well in my 581 Mini-14. But mine is Olin/Winchester, not Lake City."
"I had already purchased an 820 round box of LC tracer from another company before I discovered this \"bargain.\" I knew that it wasn't LC but a different Gov't contract. So I decided to do a \"Pepsi challenge\" anyway. This ammo is head stamped WCC '69. Old, but it still looks like it's in great shape. HOWEVER, the trace is inconsistent (no surprise as it's 43 yrs old), and out of one 20 round box, there were FIVE BLOWN PRIMERS! Folks, there IS A REASON that this stuff costs less."
– Dave H
"I was excited to use this ammo and took it to the range with my brand new Colt LE6920. Within the first 30 rounds, I was unable to fire a shot. The trigger just wouldn't pull. When we opened the rifle up, we found PRIMERS lodged in the trigger assembly! WTF?! Figuring it was a fluke, we fired more rounds, and between them just NOT firing and primers falling into the rifle, it was just useless. In the end, I was able to fire a handful, compared to the pile left on the ground. A primer managed to lodge itself between a round and the bolt and ground itself into the upper receiver. I took the rifle apart and was unable to seat the bolt properly until I finally found the damned thing lodged in there. PRO: Cheap. CON: Cheap crap that fails time and time again; when it does fire, it rarely actually 'traces.' In the end: DO NOT BUY THIS CRAP."
"This ammunition is very old, not sure how old but I know it is. You can notice the color of the ammo can, the newer boxes are a lighter shade than the older ones. Out of 20 rounds I had 3 popped primers, one of which got into my lower receiver and under my trigger, preventing further use..I had to open my rifle and shake it out. Some rounds did trace but not all, note that they're advertised to trace after 50 yards, I was shooting at 100. Some traced right out the barrel and some ignited upon hitting the berm. Not worth it, now I'm stuck with a bunch of crap ammo. Please don't buy it, you'd be better off buying 1000 of some cheap steel cased ammo."
"Do not buy this ammo. Within 60 rounds, I had about 10 jams, one of which damaged my rifle. I collected the brass, and found 12 primers had popped out. Called CTD, and luckily they are taking up the issue with Lake City. Not sure why this product is still available."
"When I bought mine, there were only a couple bad reviews. I have never had any issues with blown primers in my Colts, so I thought people were using the common cheap non-chrome lined, mismatched part kit AR-15s. I was wrong. When you hear the horror stories from early Vietnam soldiers about their new M16 rifles constantly jamming and getting their buddies killed, this must have been the problem. Mine was stamped '68. I thought that was cool, but it's not. 80 percent of the primers blew out in 5 boxes. This was from two Colts and a Smith & Wesson, all chrome lined. It is Lake City, but back then, Winchester Olin ran the plant and it has the W.C.C. head stamp. Federal has run it for years and has always had an excellent product. I know it was wrong but I traded the remainder of mine for some wolf to someone who thought he was ripping me off, but I didn't want to absorb the loss."
"Have run about 200 rounds through my AR so far without an issue that I created.Very accurate, tracing questionable.Ammo stinks. No, it doesn't stink, but it stinks."
"Do not buy this ammo. 40 rounds, 20 jams!!"
"Shot some rounds, ran into some minor issues with the live rounds getting jammed in both my DIY rifle and my friend's Colt LE6920. It took carefully yanking the bolt with a multi-tool to remove the rounds.The boxes inside in the ammo can seem to been slightly discolored from something. Age, I guess? It's WCC and seems pretty old (6145, which I assume means means from 1961).I had a primer blow out of the brass. I would not trust this in a SHTF type of event. Only a few tracers lit up, so don't expect these to light up.Cheap plinking ammo. You may end up with a better batch than I did."
– Jason L
"I ordered five cans because of the price. I tried to fire a couple magazines of this today. I read the poor reviews on the internet and thought the price was too good to pass up. The ammo would not cycle properly in my pro ordinance 5.56 pistol. I was able to get six through my Kel-Tec and the seventh jammed inside the chamber. I could not get it to eject and now I have to take my Kel-Tec pistol to the gunsmith. It looked like the primer jammed under the bolt. Junk ammo. Lake City should have had a recall on this junk. I cant believe the Army shot this crap."
"Shot 90 rounds without one problem. Some of the rounds didn't show the tracer part, but great ammo for a lot of fun."
"Shoot several 30 roudn magazines full and not one problem, Except not all the rounds showed tracer parts, but just for going out and having some fun, this is great."
"I can't believe they are still selling this. I bought this when they first put it on here and there weren't any reviews to warn me. Damaged my DoubleStar with this ammo, primers come flying out, etc, just like the other reviews. You're not getting a good deal if the ammo is unusable and potentially dangerous!!"
"Get real, Soon, we may all be trowing rocks, the way things are going. Buy whatever you can find, The GOV is buying up all the fresh ammo, and soon you may wish you had a gun to put that crappy bullet in."
"I wish there were reviews prior to when I purchased these. Same issues as others listed with the primers. Luckily no damage to my DD, the rest of these rounds will not be fired."
"Quick delivery from CTD. Have not fired yet, but noted quite a few dented cartridges."
"These bullets would not fit in my .223 Windham Weaponry AR-15. The rounds got jammed up at the initial loading of the gun. I believe firing these rounds could possibly harm my rifle. I would not buy these rounds again."
"Shot off around forty rounds today and had no problem like some of these guys have. Actually, it was a lot of fun watching these rounds light up. They were also pretty accurate. Just to be certain, I checked each casing for missing primers as well."
"I ordered the 720 round can to split with a buddy and did not read the reviews before ordering. As the ammo was being shipped, I became concerned over my purchase. It arrived and just as some of the other reviews had said, the ammo had a distinct odor to it and there was a lot of discoloration to the boxes inside. I loaded up 40 rounds and went to the range. Almost every round traced and the ones that didn't while in flight actually lit after impact? It was like watching a road flare go off. All rounds went bang and I did have one primer come out, causing a misfeed of the next round. I also noticed that each round had a mark left by the bolt on the bottom of the casing. I'm assuming the over-pressure was causing the damage. I will not be ordering any more of these and hopefully be able to get rid of this ammo before it damages my gun."
"I bought this ammo about a week ago. I was pleasantly surprised on how fast I received it until I went to the range. I could not get more than one round off at a time. They were just not cycling. The round was very accurate, but it was annoying to have to pull the bolt back with every shot. I sure do hope I do not need to defend myself or my family with this ammo."
"Don't buy this ammo unless you want to take your gun apart every three shots, because every six shots, I had to take my Stag Arms Model 1 AR-15 apart to clear the primer. They should recall this ammo ASAP. It's dangerous and will get someone hurt if they don't know what they are doing with a firearm."
"Just a poor excuse for a round of ammo. I shot 3 rounds through my Bushmaster AR and the 4th, 5th, and 6th left so much copper trash in my barrel, my bolt carrier got stuck. This item should definitely be recalled."
"Just read some of the reviews, and what a bunch of whiners. lol. Or maybe I just got lucky, but I have had NO feeding or firing issues with these. Some didn't trace, but maybe I just am very picky about how CLEAN my gun is. I really must add: make sure you have a well built gun that's taken care of before you go shooting military grade ammo. I wouldn't use a Walmart special, imho."
– Jason S
"Great Value for 720 Rounds!! After reading reviews, I was concerned. So after ammo arrived, I quickly shot off 30 rounds casually to see how it would cycle. I had no jams and every round shot. Two or three of these rounds didn't trace, but I expected that, after noticing that some of the rounds had wear on the chemical used for the tracer, from I guess storage or shipping, but not a big deal. I have a Ruger SR556 and I think that some of these other guys may have had issues shooting these 5.56 rounds with .223 barrels. These rounds do leave residue from the tracing compound. I would recommend cleaning after shooting."
"Like Lando, I had about the same experience. This is very dirty, oily stuff. It will gum your BCG after about 30 rounds. Only about 3 of 10 will ignite, so if you plan to use it, I'd plan to fire two per mag or something."
– Chris J
"All of this ammo, both cans, were good stuff. No failures of any kind. Only one that I noticed didn't light up. Accurate for general shooting. I'll stick with this stuff with my Mini-14. I don't see what is wrong with some of these. I might have thought I just got a good batch, but two cans worked. Keep your weapon in good shape and it should work. 5 bullets!"
"I received a can of this ammo and shot 100 rounds with no problems. I will note that I did not get any boxes that were dis-colored."
"I got this last week (12/5/12). While shooting this out of a Mini-14, I kept feeling a burn on my face, but thought it was powder. After a few more rounds, the gun jammed. I looked down and saw a primer had fouled the breach. I cleared and shot some more, only to have the same thing happen. In all, after shooting a 30 round mag, I found 14 rounds had pushed out the primer. Now if I reloaded this round, it would be OK, as it saved a step of removing the primer, but getting hit in the face with one is a hard way to do it. I have never had ammo do this before, much less 40% of a lot."
"I want my money back. This Vietnam junk is awful and it's not Lake City. Had I noticed all these reviews on here before, I would not have ordered this ammo. Let it be known that this junk is OLD and will damage your rifle. Is this junk worth sending through a rifle that is well over a thousand dollars? You be the judge.This will sit until doomsday, if that ever comes, and it will be the last thing I shoot."
– Not pleased.
"If you don't try to shoot 5.56 out of your .223 Mini-14, it works great. Most ppl forget you can shoot .223 out of a 5.56 but not the other way around. DON'T BE STUPID and this stuff shoots fine!"
"This ammo is great. My AR loves it! 99% burns red, 100% shoots great!"
"I bought some for my AR-15s, was very pleased with the brightness of the tracers at night. Day time wasn't terrible but was difficult to see. Had 47 failed lights out of 720 (5%). Cycled well. However, precision of shots was terrible. I tried them in both my 1/9 and my 1/7 and couldn't get them stabilized, and the tracer lights showed the flight path spinning, shaking and in a handful of shots, they hit the target sideways at 200m. Precision roughly 4-6 in at 100m. Overall, fun for night shoots with the grand kids and some fun, cheap ammo. Better than American Eagle tracers."
– Bob Noxious(FAST Co)
"I bought some for my Colt AR-15s, was very pleased with the brightness of the tracers. I fired 60 rounds and only one failed to light. The ammo shot well with no problems. It's US military surplus and thats always good ammo."