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ready  identification  to  determine  the  explosive  loads and hazards presented by the identified items. A color coding system is employed to indicate the primary use of  ammunition,  the  presence  of  a  hazardous  (explosive, flammable, irritant, or toxic) filler, and/or the color of tracers, dye loads, and signals. Information on color coding  for  ammunition  20-mm  or  larger  is  contained  in MIL-STD-709, OP 2238 (latest revision), and WS 18782.   The   lettering,   stenciled   or   stamped   on ammunition, includes all the information necessary for complete identification and is marked in compliance with NATO standards and Department of Transporta- tion  (DOT)  regulations.  In  addition  to  standard nomenclature and lot numbers, lettering may include such information as the mark and mod, the type of fuzes, and the weapon in which the item is fired. Table 6-1 gives the meaning of the different color codes. CLASSIFICATION Gun ammunition is most commonly classified by the size of the gun in which it is used. In addition to COLOR Yellow Brown Gray Gray  with  red  band  (s) Gray  with  dark  green  band  (s) Black Silver/Aluminum Light   Green Light   Red White Light   Blue Orange Bronze Nonsignificant   Colors Olive   Drab Black White Table 6-1.–Ammunition Color Coding INTERPRETATION 1.  Identifies  high  explosives 2.   Indicates   the   presence   of   explosive   either a.  sufficient  to  cause  the  ammunition  to  function  as  a  high  explosives  or b.   particularly   hazardous   to   the   user   Brown 1.  Identifies  rocket  motors 2.   Indicates   the   presence   of   explosives   either a.  sufficient  to  cause  the  ammunition  to  funcuon  as  low  explosive  or b.   particularly   hazardous   to   the   user Identifies   ammunition   that   contains   irritant   or   toxic   agents   when   used   as   an   overall body   color   except   for   underwater   ordnance Indicates   the   ammunition   contains   an   irritant   (harassing)   agent Indicates   the   ammunition   contains   a   toxic   agent Identifies  armor-defeating  ammunition  except  on  underwater  ordnance Identifies   countermeasures   ammunition Identifies   smoke   or   marker   ammunition Identifies   incendiary   ammunition   or   indicates   the   presence   of   highly   flammable material Identities   illuminating   ammunition   or   ammunition   producing   a   colored   light; exceptions   are   underwater   ordnance,   guided   missiles,   and   rocket   motors Identifies   ammunition   used   for   training   or   firng   practice Identifies   ammunition   used   for   tracking   or   recovery Identifies   Dummy/Drill/Inert   ammunition   used   for   handling   and   loading   training All   ammunition   items For   lettering 1.   For   lettering 2.   For   guided   missiles   and   rocker   motors 6-2

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