The Army has started reviewing soldiers’ complaints that their M855 ammunition was not powerful enough in their battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. General George W. Casey Jr., the Army Chief of Staff, said that it would be premature to state whether Pentagon would make a change.
The press interviewed some current soldiers and some ex-soldiers. Some had said that M855 ammunition was insufficient for close-in fighting. Such battles usually happened in the cities and towns of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The M855 ammunition was designed many years ago. Its initial requirement was to puncture the steel helmets of Soviet soldiers from a few hundred yards away. Some soldiers gave the feedback that they were insufficient to stop an enemy immediately at close quarters.
Please click on thumbnail to enlarge. The pictures are only samples that bear some close resemblances to the M855 ammunition and gun.