Armor Piercing Ammunition Law and Legal Definition

Armor Piercing Ammunition refers to a projectile or projectile core which is used in a handgun. It is usually constructed from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium. It has a penetrator that is enclosed within a softer jacket. It is used to penetrate hardened armored targets such as ballistic vests, vehicle armor, concrete, tanks, and other defenses. Armor-piercing ammunition can range from rifle- and pistol-caliber rounds all the way up to tank rounds. It does not include shotgun shot required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile which the Secretary finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Secretary finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge used in an oil and gas well perforating device.[ 18 U.S.C.]