GARLAND, TX – True Velocity composite-cased ammunition has been selected for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) modernization program. True Velocity’s 6.8mm composite-cased cartridge was submitted as part of an overall NGSW weapon system in partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and firearm manufacturer Beretta Defense Technologies.
True Velocity’s proprietary 6.8mm case design will provide end users with significant logistical and operational advantages over traditional brass-cased ammunition, including substantially increased effective range and muzzle energy, drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy. The combination of True Velocity’s ammunition with the General Dynamics OTS weapon submission results in a state-of-the-art weapon system capable of long-range lethality, short recoil impulse, significant ballistic improvements and enhanced operational effectiveness for the soldier.
“True Velocity’s 6.8mm composite case design produces a level of performance, consistency and efficiency never before seen in small arms ammunition,” said Chris Tedford, president and chief operating officer for True Velocity. “Combining True Velocity’s innovation and technology with the expertise of General Dynamics OTS and Beretta results in a weapon system solution that exceeds NGSW requirements and provides the U.S. Army with a definitive edge on the field of battle.”



I worry that some Army higher ups are trying to fix deficiencies in Soldier shooting performance by adopting a magic new gun & round.

That said, there is plenty can can be improved. Lighter ammo lets you carry more, higher velocity gives you all sorts of performance benefits. There is concern that the Army wants to go to a round that is so much higher pressure that it will be less safe and less reliable.

Let’s see how this works out.


  1. I wonder how it will be with heat transfer. That burning hot ejected brass ‘removes’ heat which otherwise would have ‘stayed’ in the gun. That was one of the problems with ‘caseless’ ammo.

  2. Has .mil messed with aluminum-cases ammo much? It seems like that would be a good way to reduce weight without a radical departure like caseless or this plastic business.

  3. Let’s see how it does at extreme temperatures.
    And not in a controlled test, let a case set in the summer sun in Iraq for a week before firing it and do the same on Kiska in the winter.
    And let that case rattle around in a Humvee for a month before firing it, in similar conditions.
    There’s a reason brass cased Ammo has been used for well over a century…
    Start a poll and see what your audience thinks!

  4. An excerpt from a test they did.
    A worrisome trait about the M134 is the way it can cook-­off live rounds with brass-­cased ammunition. A cook-­off occurs when a cartridge sits in a hot chamber and spontaneously fires because the powder inside the case becomes hot enough to ignite. Dillon has a 1,500-­round test they run on the Minigun and brass-­cased ammunition will cook-­off after sitting in the chamber anywhere from 3 to 60 seconds. Dillon recorded a 20-­percent lower bore temperature using True Velocity ammunition (thanks to the case insulating the chamber), so they ran a 2,200-­round test on the ammunition. Dillon had to wait 5 minutes before one case got hot enough to melt — but the bullet never left the barrel. The absence of cook-­offs in a Minigun should bring a welcome sigh of relief from special operations soldiers and aviators alike.


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