5.56mm semi wadcutter?!?!

    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?

    Strange Ammo

    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.

    Steve Johnson

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