Winchester Ammunition Awarded U.S. Army Contract

The United States Department of Defense recently announced that Winchester® Ammunition has been awarded a $43.4 million award from the U.S. Army for .50 caliber SLAP ammunition.


"Winchester has a proud tradition of providing dependable ammunition to our military and law enforcement agencies," said Dick Hammett, president of Winchester Ammunition. "We are truly honored that the U.S. Army has selected Winchester ammunition to use in its mission of protecting and defending the United States."


SLAP stands for Saboted Light Armor Penetrator and is designed to defeat lightly armored targets. The .50 caliber SLAP ammunition was first used in 1990 during Operation Desert Storm.

It uses a reduced caliber, heavy metal (tungsten) .30 inch diameter penetrator wrapped in a "plastic" sabot of .50 inch diameter, which is much lighter in weight than normal ball .50 caliber ammunition.


The velocity of SLAP ammunition can also be increased in an original M2 Machine Gun to construct a very fast round with a flat trajectory to enhance impact on the target.

According to U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., "half of the work will be done at the company's plant in East Alton, Ill."

The contract is to be completed by 2016.

Recommended for You

Bolt-Action

Browning's New X-Bolt Max Long Range Rifle

Rifle Shooter Digital Staff - April 11, 2019

Browning's new X-Bolt Max Long Range rifle is an accurate rifle tailored for long range...

Ammo

New 30-06 Springfield Elite Match Ammo from SIG SAUER

Rifleshooter Online Editors - April 03, 2019

SIG SAUER adds to its Elite Match ammo line with the 30-06 Springfield.

Reloading

The Handloading Question

Craig Boddington - March 26, 2019

With all the great factory ammo out there, why bother to reload? Craig counts the ways.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Delta 5 - Daniel Defense's New Precision Bolt Action Rifle

Those looking to explore precision rifle shooting without going broke will be well served by Daniel Defense's new Delta 5.

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - BULLPUPS

Joe Mantegna talks about the origins of Bullpups.

Ruger Launches New American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Grendel

OSG's Lynn Burkhead and Ruger's Matt WIlson kick off SHOT Show 2018 by taking a look at the Ruger Predator.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Shooting Tips

The Rundown on Runout

Joseph von Benedikt - May 13, 2019

A simple test shows how runout can affect the accuracy of your rounds.

Rimfire

3 Great Takedown Survival Guns

David Fortier - March 19, 2015

When I decided to review three different rifles chambered in .22 LR and geared toward survival...

Bolt-Action

New Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Long Range McMillan Rifles

RifleShooter Online Staff - November 07, 2018

Big game hunters in search of an accurate, long-range rifle need look no further than Browning...

See More Stories

More Ammo

Ammo

Craig Boddington on the 6.5 Creedmoor

Craig Boddington - February 27, 2019

Craig Boddington explains why he will go along with the crowd and have a 6.5 Creedmoor before...

Ammo

Cartridge Clash: .280 Rem. vs .280 Ackley

Brad Fitzpatrick - November 21, 2018

In this cartridge clash, editor Brad Fitzpatrick pits the .280 Rem and the .280 Ackley against...

Ammo

6.5 PRC Rifle Cartridge: Everything You Need to Know

Philip Massaro - November 13, 2018

The 6.5 PRC is a good design, one that offers a respectable balance of velocity and manageable...

See More Ammo

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×