Reader WarWolf emailed me this photo. It looks like it is a 5.56mm NATO round loaded with a semi wadcutter shaped lead bullet. weird. Can anyone identify the round and/or read the writing?
Would the ridge not cause chambering problems? Maybe the intended use is in a single shot rifle or pistol.
UPDATE: Mystery solved. Koko’s comment below:
This is a plastic bullet that was devised to provide the IDF with a bullet enableing a non-lethal way to stop Palestinian demonstrators during the first Intifada (1988-1993).
The bullet was to be fired at demonstrator legs – but ended up inflicting more drastic wounds then initialy imagened – even killing on accution.
The ballistics of the bullet proved to be strange – after a while the standing orders were changed to the ammunition to be used only by a trained designated shooter from a fixed ground position – then the bullet was dropped altogether and is not used today (as far the I know).
The load was also reduced – as noted on the package – this forced to shooter to manualy load the bullet after each shoot.
Makes sense that it needed to be loaded single shot!
Thanks to everyone for the translations and comments.