The Federal Cartridge Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alliant Techsystems. The company was founded in 1916 and has since become one of the finest names in the ammunition industry. Their ammunition has even been used during multiple Olympic Games in which the United States team brought home gold, silver and bronze medals. Pretty high-quality stuff if you ask me.
Federal XM193 5.56 ammunition is manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Missouri, which is an interesting aspect of the ammunition in itself. LCAAP is a government-owned, contractor-operated munitions facility that was originally established in 1941 for the manufacture and testing of small arms ammunition for the United States Army. Since 2001, it has been operated by Alliant Techsystems and is the largest manufacturer of small arms ammunition for the U.S. Army – another big check mark for Federal ammunition in the high-quality department. Anyway, you probably want some information about the ammunition.
As noted, each box of Federal XM193 5.56 ammunition contains 20 cartridges. Each cartridge contains a 55gr full metal jacket bullet, which provides for higher muzzle velocities. In fact, the XM193 load features a velocity of approximately 3165 fps. Each cartridge uses a brass case and includes a water-resistant lacquer primer sealant for enhanced performance and reliability. All cartridges are visually inspected at the plant prior to packaging.
Federal XM193 5.56 ammunition is ideal for any of the following:
- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- Small-game hunting
- Much more…
5.56x45mm NATO vs. .223 Remington
Both the 5.56x45mm NATO and the .223 Remington cartridges are designed for use with the AR-15 platform. Each cartridge shares specifications that are extremely similar. And though the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge was derived from the .223 Remington cartridge, they are not safely interchangeable. Though it may be safe to fire .223 Remington cartridges from an AR-15 chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, the Federal Cartridge Company warns specifically about using Federal XM193 5.56 ammunition in rifles with a chambering other than 5.56x45mm NATO.