Ball Powder® Propellants


Ball Powder® Propellants

Ball Powder® Propellants

Innovative Technology for the 21st Century Military

Few defense companies can claim a pedigree in propellant technology as distinguished as that of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. Our quality propellants have been supplied to the armed forces of the United States and its allies since 1914. Today, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems continues the legacy as a U.S. leader in propellant technology, offering over 120 types of propellants.

Over 95% of all U.S. military small arms ammunition are loaded with our propellants. In addition, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ propellants are qualified for use on all current U.S. military medium caliber rounds. Our propellants are also the choice for 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortar systems. Innovative technologies, such as HDPC (High Density Propelling Charges), and propulsion systems for advanced large caliber tank, artillery and naval systems are available.


Military BALL POWDER® Propellants listed in order of burn rate

Powder Designation


Powder Designation



Igniter Artillery

WC 856

.50 Cal. SLAP M903, SLAP-Tracer M962

OBP® 126

.50 Cal. Blank M1A1

WC 857

.50 Cal. Tracer M17

SMP® 545

5.56mm Grenade Launcher

WC 858

20mm HPT M54

WC 814

5.56mm Blank M200

WC 859

20mm Phalanx MK149

WC 818

7.62mm Blank M82

WC 860

.50 Cal. Ball M33

WC 815

60mm Mortar

WC 862

.50 Cal. Ball NATO

WC 819

81mm Mortar

WC 860 + CaCO3

.50 Cal. Ball M33

WPR® 260

5.56mm SRTA M862

SMP® 860

.50 Cal. Ball M33

WPR® 270


WC 863

120mm Mortar Main Charge

WPR® 289

9mm NATO M882

WC 864

155mm MACS Igniter

WPR® 293

9mm Subsonic

WC 866

20mm PIVAD M940

WC 294

25mm Air Burst

WC 867

20mm MPC PGU 28/B

WC 687

7.62 x 39mm Ball

WC 868

20mm Improved PGU 28/B

WC 816

120mm Mortar Igniter Propellant

WC 869

25mm M910 TPDS-T

WC 827

7.62mm SLAP M948, SLAP-Tracer M959

WC 872

20mm TP M55, HEI M56

SMP® 842

5.56mm Non-toxic

SHP® 831

25mm M919 and 105mm XM350 Low Zone

SMP® 843

5.56mm Carbine

WC 886

25mm M791 APDS-T

WC 844

5.56mm Ball M193 & M855, Tracer M196

OBP® 888

20mm ELC

WC 844T

5.56mm Tracer M856

WC 890

25mm HEI-T M792, TP-T M793

WCR® 845

5.56mm Ball M855, Tracer M856, M995

SMP® 795

25mm APEX

WC 846

7.62mm Ball M80, Tracer M62

SHP® 832

30mm GAU/8A TP PGU15, API PGU14, API GU13

WC 846S

7.62mm Ball M80, Tracer M62

SMP® 992

155mm MACS Decoppering Pellets

WC 846 + CaCO3

7.62mm Ball M80

SHP® 923

120mm IM HE-T

SMP® 744

7.62mm Ball M80

SHP® 941

5” Navy

SMP® 849

7.62mm M80A1

SHP® 944

155mm AGS

WC 855

30mm AAH TP M788, HEDP M789

SHP® 947

105mm XM350 Mid-Zone

SMP® 855

30mm AAH TP M788, HEDP M789

SHP® 948

105mm XM350 High-Zone

Delivering The Best To The Best®

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a global aerospace and defense company. We are a committed to providing the U.S. military and its allies with an extensive range of overarching products that provide a cutting-edge advantage to our war fighters. A General Dynamics Company.

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