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More on XM855/SS109

by Georgia Concealed Carry on February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

Last week we posted an article regarding the BATFE’s plans to ban a commonly used ammunition for semi-automatic rifles and we received a number of emails asking what the big deal was.  Most of the emails asked why they should put effort into contacting anyone to oppose these bills because they don’t purchase that specific type of ammunition.

Well, this is why..

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Banning one specific type of ammunition causes ripples that effects the rest of the industry.. it’s also a stepping stone towards the next ban, and next ban, and next.. get the picture?

The VSA Gun Channel on YouTube states this on their video..

The ATF has decided to Ban XM855/ SS109, Military Surplus ammunition commonly used in AR-15 style rifles and pistols. This is on the grounds that it (green tip) is armor piercing and will defeat vests commonly worn by law enforcement officers. IF you don’t do something right now they will just keep ratcheting up their efforts.

They also post a link directly to the ATF website for the proposed change:

If you think about it, it makes sense.  Attempt to ban one form of ammunition to see if the public can be persuaded into accepting it, if they do.. what’s next?

If you’re not sure what to write, The VSA Gun Channel has given you a hand and wrote a very well worded message for you.. all you have to do is copy/paste and put your name on it.  Here is a copy of their suggested message:


To whom it may concern,

I am writing to voice strong opposition to the proposed change to current law that would make it illegal to manufacture, import or sell on the open market M855 / SS109 ammunition.

The claimed purpose of this change is to “protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun”.

As the Technical Branch well knows, all rifle ammunition of a common caliber such as .223 / 5.56 is capable of penetrating threat level IIA and IIIA body armor regardless of the firearm that is used to fire it. M855 / SS109 is no more of a threat to law enforcement than M193 or Hornady VMAX loads are.

It’s also worth noting that rifle caliber pistols are rarely used in violent crime, their usage is a statistical zero for all practical purposes, which further begs the question as to why this proposed rule change is even being considered.

Banning the availability of affordable surplus ammunition under the false pretense that it’s in the name of officer safety is a direct violation of our 2nd Amendment rights. To reiterate, it is clear that this proposed change places an unreasonable restriction on law abiding citizens that will have unintended consequences and will further negatively impact our ability to exercise freedoms guaranteed to us by Constitution of the United States.

Thank you for your time and consideration,


ATF email:

Fax: (202) 648-9741
or E-fax



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