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5.56x45 - 55 gr Tracer M196 on Stripper Clips - Lake City - 840 Rounds in Ammo Can

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71.4¢ per round

Quick Overview

Ammo Quantity - 10 rounds per stripper clip, 3 clips per sleeve, 4 sleeves per bandoleer, 7 bandoleers per ammo can
Ammo Manufacturer - Lake City
Bullets - 55 grain M196 Tracer
Ammo Casings - Boxer-primed brass
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This 5.56x45mm M196 tracer ammo loaded on 10 round stripper clips is a special buy from a military contract overrun from the famed Lake City plant and is perfect for shooting with your 5.56x45mm chambered AR-15!

Tracer ammo is a great training tool for shooting in low light situations. Many serious shooters find that shooting with tracer ammo is a fun experience and a great training tool. You can actually watch the bullet's flight path through the air with your naked eye! M196 55 gr tracer ammo is actually preferred by many civilian shooters over the more commonly found M856 64 gr tracer load. The reason for this preference is that this projectile will stabilize in a broader range of barrels from 1:9 to 1:12 while the M856 projectile is properly stabilized with only a quick twisting 1:7 twist rate which is less common. If you're unsure, just check your AR-15's barrel and the twist rate will be displayed. If you see a 1:9 or 1:12, then you're good to go!

This ammo comes pre-loaded on 10 round stripper clips which make it super quick to load magazines with. Additionally, the stripper clips loaded in sleeves come in more portable bandoleers for easy toting back and forth to the range. Whether you're looking to do some serious low light training or target practice, Lake City's M196 5.56x45mm ammo is a great option!

Each round is brass-cased, boxer-primed, non-corrosive, and reloadable. It is both economical and precision manufactured in the United States by an established U.S. cartridge producer.

Note: This product cannot be sold to California

Additional Information

Manufacturer Lake City
Condition New
Bullet Weight 55 Grain
Bullet Type M196 Tracer
Use Type Range Training
Ammo Casing Brass
Quantity 840
Ammo Caliber 5.56x45mm
Primer Type Boxer


Armando Almase ( Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:25:23 +0000 ) : Good ammo! Good price! Fast shipping, arrived within 36 hours after ordering. I hope other people don't buy this so there is more for me - MUAHAHAHA! :)
Heidi Gunner ( Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:11:26 +0000 ) : We will just keep trying hard to buy more and always keep these 5.56x45 55 grain tracer rounds in stock so everyone can enjoy!
Jorge Medrano ( Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:30:29 +0000 ) : why can't you sell this in cali?
Heidi Gunner ( Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:34:25 +0000 ) : The State of California has ruled incendiary rounds like this Lake City 5.56x45 Tracer ammo stands a good chance of starting a fire, and has made it illegal to posess them in the state.
Jorge Medrano ( Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:59:05 +0000 ) : Ok, I see..... This r tracer rounds, but I can still use regular rounds. Thanks
Tyler Molon Labe Witter ( Thu, 22 Nov 2012 04:13:13 +0000 ) : How come the priced increased $40?
Heidi Gunner ( Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:13:13 +0000 ) : Believe me, we share your frustration! Increased demand after the 2012 election has in raised ammo prices across our entire supply chain where manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, etc. are charging us more to get the same inventory we got a few days/weeks ago. Unfortunately, when our costs go up, even with razor-thin margins, the pricing we list on our website must go up. As always, we are going to work long, hard days to keep our costs down to the best of our ability. Please know that we value your business and feel this pricing pain as much as you do. Whether you decide to buy now or want to wait it out (at some point this will all cool down, we just don’t know when) we look forward to the next opportunity to serve your ammo needs.
Ryan Vanek ( Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:00:15 +0000 ) : Dumb question, but I'm sort of a "noob" when it comes to.223/5.56 ammo: I understand these are "tracer rounds", but do they actually put a hole into what you are shooting? What I mean, is there still lead in the round, or is it 100% tracer?
Heidi Gunner ( Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:12:11 +0000 ) : A tracer round is nearly as lethal as same-caliber conventional ammunition, but due to a percentage of the mass lost as the chemical portion of the projectile burns up, the exact consequences of the impact is slightly different.
Ryan Vanek ( Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:01:13 +0000 ) : gotcha... thanks for the reply.
Pattrick Mullins ( Thu, 08 Aug 2013 02:20:50 +0000 ) : Always in stock my a$$ 223 tracer out of stock you lie
Nate Sanborn ( Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:27:19 +0000 ) : Can I be notified when in stock? nates2012@yahoo.com

Product Question and Answer

Our customer service team has published this Q&A information as a free service to the shooting community. Please note that LuckyGunner.com expressly disclaims any and all liability with regard to how the shooting community might use this Q&A information. See Terms of Use for more details.

Q: Is there any expectation that you may ever get tracer rounds back in stock? I know you cannot predict the future, but since you are incredibly great at getting ammo in stock maybe your suppliers have made some casual mention.

Posted On: 9/29/13 By: Chuck

A: These 840 round lots of tracer ammo from Federal usually do not come through on a regular basis, however they were quite popular the last time we received some. The good news is we will usually have you covered for both ammo cans and tracer rounds. We are able to offer new M2A1 ammo cans on a regular basis. These may be found on our ammo can page. When we do receive more tracer rounds in the 5.56 caliber, these will likely arrive as American Eagle and are from a recent production run. These are offered by the box of 20 in the distinct bright red box. Your next best thing for a tracer round fix would be Lake City's bulk lots of 308 Win in 500 round cases located on our 308 ammo page if you are shooting in this caliber.
Q: Will this ammo work with a 1:7 twist rate barrel?

Posted On: 9/30/12 By: Evan

A: This Federal tracer ammo will work for your 1:7 barrel. The 55 grain bullet is one of the few weights that will work well with any twist rate. If you are needing accurate, long range precision in a 1:7 barrel, I would also consider the 62 grain bullet for longer distances. Since the 55 grain is so versatile, it is always a popular favorite among shooters.
Q: Does this tracer ammo, or any tracer ammo for that matter, increase barrel wear when compared to regular non-tracer rounds otherwise the same? Put another way, does the round start "burning" from the instant fired, or not until it has exited the barrel? My opinion would be that if it is already "burning" while traveling down the barrel, how could that not be increasing barrel wear when again compared to "regular" rounds. Thank you very much for any help you provide in answering this question for me.

Posted On: 9/25/12 By: John

A: The tracer element on this, and all other tracer ammo, is located in the center base of the bullet. This faces the powder and is ignited from the powder burn. The burning of the tracer compound is similar to the powder and gasses burning in the barrel. The tracer compound is inserted into a cavity in the bullet, similar to a Jacketed Hollow Point bullet, except on the other side. With the powder acting as an ignition source for the tracer element, the tracer effect may not even begin until the bullet has traveled several yards down range. Our eyes will not notice any difference and we will still witness the benefits of shooting tracer rounds. Your barrel will not experience increased or premature wear from firing these rounds. Many decades ago, tracer rounds contained corrosive components that gave an effect of an early barrel burn out. This Federal ammunition has been manufactured with non corrosive components. It is still a good idea to clean the barrel after every shoot to keep your rifle performing at its best.

Customer Reviews

Bean Bandaids and Bullits Review by Dirt guy
Good ammo and price support is great Keep stocking up (Posted on 12/1/12)
5.56 tracers Review by Carl
Great ammo! The tracers are so fun to shoot. Just ran 100 round mag fully auto with no problems. Huge red fire ball on the backstop. Runs good and accurate too! Great service and speedy shipping. You cant go wrong on this ammo. (Posted on 11/29/12)
As Expected Review by Russian
We used a half case of these tracers this weekend and were very pleased with the results. Fortunately, Hurricane Sandy had just blown through, so we didn't light the woods on fire, because these certainly come out hot! This ammo and Lucky Gunner's service were as expected - fantastic! (Posted on 11/13/12)
great! Review by tye
Freaking awesome deal. LG will be my main source for ammo. (Posted on 11/1/12)
Very Fun Full Auto Review by 1 gunnut
Great price, best out there, gotta have more!!! (Posted on 10/24/12)
Great Deal Review by Thefryzone
You will not find a better price than Lucky Gunner for this ammo right now. Really fun to shoot at 200 yards at a fast pace or even bump firing. (Posted on 10/20/12)
Awesome! Review by Armando
I'm buying more! (Posted on 10/17/12)

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