These high-tech tracer rounds could be game-changers for shooters…
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Yesterday, we discussed the past, present, and future of infantry small arms calibers. That post was a highly introductory one, and there’s much, much more ground to cover on that subject. Today, we’ll talk about a technology that didn’t quite make it into yesterday’s discussion.
OWLs promise to substantially improve this situation. Instead of using incendiary compound, OWL tracers utilize an inert glowing substance applied to the base of a standard ball projectile. The luminescence of this substance is activated during firing, either by the heat, pressure, or other side effect, and in theory provides a trace for the gunner that can be used day or night, in any condition. Not only does this avoid the length problems of conventional tracers, it also creates the possibility for every single round fired to trace, removing the discrepancy in trajectory between tracers and other types of ammunition. This also eliminates one-in-six less terminally effective dedicated tracer bullets from the belt or magazineand replaces them with more effective standard projectiles. When combined with new EPR-type projectiles, OWLs also offer one unified ball/tracer/AP load, greatly improving the consistency and effectiveness of the projectiles being sent downrange while significantly simplifying logistics.
The most significant benefit of OWL tracers though, is their eponymous quality of being only visible through an approximately 30 degree arc from the base of the bullet. This makes it extremely difficult for the enemy forces being fired upon to see the incoming rounds and avoid them or return fire, which, needless to say, offers a huge advantage for US and allied forces.
Do you foresee civilian shooters using OWL Rounds as well?