NATO cartridges (.50 cal)

FN® .50 cal ammunition line now includes a reduced range cartridge

FN Herstal is a major contributor to the 12.7 NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) used for Defence missions. The Company is the current supplier of the 12.7x99mm calibre NATO reference round.

Ammunition types

• M33 (Ball)
• Tr-M17 (Tracer)
• AP-M8 (Armor Piercing)
• AP-T115 (Armor Piercing Tracer)
• API-M8 (Armor Piercing Incendiary)
• APIT-M20 (Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer)
• APEI-169 (Armor Piercing Explosive Incendiary)
• FN ARIA® .50 RR (Reduced Range) – New
• FN ARIA®-T .50 RR-T (Reduced Range Tracer) – New
• Blank
• Blank SBFSA (Safe Blank Firing System Ammunition)


• Machine guns (e.g. M2HBFN® M2HB-QCBFN® M3 series)
• .50 cal sniper rifles

Key benefits

  • Highly effective at long range

  • Choice of many different projectiles, including with pyrotechnic effects

  • NEW FN ARIA® .50 RR (Reduced Range)

    • Dedicated to safe and effective training with .50 cal weapons on shooting ranges that are limited to the use of 7.62 weapons.
    • Tracer version also available (FN ARIA® .50 RR-T)
    • Propellant without DBP