Chambering the Next Round: Emergent Small-Calibre Cartridge Technologies

Author
N.R. Jenzen-Jones
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Small Arms Survey
Abstract
Emergent ammunition technologies are likely to prove key in future firearms designs, while many also apply to legacy weapons. Emergent cartridge case technologies, the rise of the ‘general-purpose’ calibre, and other nascent technologies will affect the way in which firearms are designed, produced, managed in service, tactically employed, maintained, and sustained. Many of these technologies are focused on reducing the logistics burden on armed forces and security agencies, and on reducing the carrying load of the individual combatant. While these technologies also apply to medium- and large-calibre ammunition, this Working Paper restricts its focus to small-calibre ammunition—cartridges of up to 14.5 × 114 mm in calibre—which are commonly fired from firearms referred to as small arms and light weapons.
Topic
Arms Control and Proliferation, Science and Technology, Military Strategy, Military Affairs, Weapons
Political Geography
Global Focus