INDIVIDUAL AMMUNITION ITEM MARKINGS
Once ammunition has been issued to a using unit, it seldom returns to the Class V storage activity in its original
condition. Once returned, any ammunition package with a broken or damaged seal must be physically inspected
to ensure that the items are in their proper containers. For this reason, and to aid using units once items are
unpacked, most ammunition items are individually marked with stencils, stamps, or both.
Examples of stenciled markings are shown in Figure 1-1. Stenciled markings can only be applied to items with a
sufficient surface area to contain the necessary information. Small arms rounds and blasting caps, for example,
are too small to stencil clearly. All stenciled markings must comply with the applicable color code requirements in
effect at the time of manufacture. All stenciled markings on all ammunition must include the following critical
Abbreviated standard nomenclature.
Type and model of fuzing (if present).
Intended weapon or weapons.
Weight zone markings (if applicable).
Lot number. (In ammunition utilizing a cartridge case, the lot number for the cartridge case only is usually
stenciled on the cartridge case head.)
Figure 1-1. Artillery ammunition markings.