For years technology has changed the way we live our lives. For better or worse, whether we like it or not things change.
For years now companies have tried using polymer cases for munitions and with little to no success they continue to reach for what seems to be an almost unattainable goal.
Entering into the challenge a company called True Velocity in partnership with General dynamics Tactical systems, and Beretta have submitted their 6.8 composite ammunition to be tested with the U.S.Armys Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW).
The U.S.Army almost immediately selected it for the trials with the newly also selected rifle by General dynamics.
I can already hear people out there “ no! Not a bullpup!!! Not polymer ammunition!!! Who needs a suppressor!!!”
Well if you think about it you really get the best of all worlds with this. The ability to have a long barrel in a small package does wonders for both maneuverability and retaining a higher velocity! The sound suppression is a huge bonus especially in a CQB environment.
The specifications that Army set for the NGSW ammo was a 140 Grain projectile in a short magnum case that could travel at least 3,200 F.P.S.
One of the bonuses of the polymer case is a 30% weight reduction! Now I would hope that this grabs your attention. If we put this in real world terms we will look at the current 5.56 NATO cartridge.
40-41 rounds of 5.56, 55gr weighs approximately 1 pound or .453 kilograms. Using this we can extrapolate this to a load out that one might carry into a battle. Let’s assume that a soldier will carry one 30 round magazine in the rifle and have 6 more 30 round magazine’s on his kit. A total of 210 rounds weighing 5lbs 6oz or 2.5 Kg. The soldier could carry up to 273 rounds of the new 6.8 ammo totaling over nine 30 round magazines with and still be at the original 5lb 6oz weight.
True Velocity still has not released their ammunition to the commercial market forcing nerds like myself to develop the new ammunition.
Now if only I had more time to cut a chamber reamer for the new designed 6.8 NGSW ammunition!
The question is what do you think of the 6.8 NGSW ammunition? Do you think it will be a success! Or slow fade into the background of forgotten time?
https://www.truevelocityinc.com/ -True velocity website.