The Saboted Light Armor Penetrator (SLAP) family of ammunition is designed to penetrate armor more efficiently than standard armor piercing ammunition.
Design and use
The SLAP design incorporates a polymer sabot, which allows for the use of a tungsten penetrator projectile of a lesser diameter than the original bore. By using the casing of a large cartridge with a lightweight projectile, the velocity of the projectile is greatly increased.
SLAP rounds have been designed for use against lightly armored vehicles and aircraft.
Types of SLAP ammunition
The SLAP ammunition is produced in two calibers, 7.62x51mm NATO
and .50 BMG
- The 7.62mm round is designated as the M948
- The .50 BMG round is designated as the M903
Production and cost
The SLAP family of ammunition is produced by the Winchester Cartridge Company
and Olin Manufacturing
. The team began production of the ammunition in 1985
- TM43-0001-27 US Army Ammunition Data Sheets - Small Caliber Ammunition, HQ Department of the Army, 6/81, Including changes (Not to be used as reloading data)