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The Saboted Light Armor Penetrator (SLAP)
family of ammunition
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is designed to penetrate armor more efficiently than standard armor piercing ammunition.
Design and use
The SLAP design incorporates a polymer
A polymer is a large molecule composed of repeating structural units. These subunits are typically connected by covalent chemical bonds...
A sabot is a device used in a firearm or cannon to fire a projectile, such as a bullet, that is smaller than the bore diameter, or which must be held in a precise position. The term is also applied to a battery stub case, a device used similarly to make a small electrical battery usable in a...
, which allows for the use of a tungsten
Tungsten , also known as wolfram , is a chemical element with the chemical symbol W and atomic number 74.A hard, rare metal under standard conditions when uncombined, tungsten is found naturally on Earth only in chemical compounds. It was identified as a new element in 1781, and first isolated as...
A kinetic energy penetrator is a type of ammunition which, like a bullet, does not contain explosives and uses kinetic energy to penetrate the target....
projectile of a lesser diameter than the original bore
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. By using the casing of a large cartridge
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with a lightweight projectile, the velocity of the projectile is greatly increased.
SLAP rounds have been designed for use against lightly armored vehicles and aircraft
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Types of SLAP ammunition
The SLAP ammunition is produced in two calibers, 7.62x51mm NATO and .50 BMG
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- The 7.62mm round is designated as the M948
- The .50 BMG round is designated as the M903(non-trace) and M962(trace)
Production and cost
The SLAP family of ammunition is produced by the Winchester Cartridge Company
The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was a prominent American maker of repeating firearms, located in New Haven, Connecticut. The Winchester brand is today used under license by two subsidiaries of the Herstal Group, Fabrique Nationale of Belgium and the Browning Arms Company of Morgan, Utah.-...
and Olin Manufacturing
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. The team began production of the ammunition in 1985. The sabot that contains the sub-caliber is manufactured by Cytec Industries.
In Popular Culture
- The Heavy Machine Gun AIE-486H from the game Halo 3
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fires a 7.62mm SLAP round.