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A 5.56mm NATO cartridge.

5.56mm NATO is a rifle cartrige used by many of the villains in the Die Hard film series.


5.56 is a high velocity, small caliber intermediate rifle cartridge developed in the United States and originally chambered in the M16 rifle, however it is also a a general-purpose round used in many light machine guns as well. Under STANAG 4172, it is a standard cartridge for NATO forces as well as many non-NATO countries. It is derived from, but not identical to, the .223 Remington varmint cartridge. 5.56mm is common, light, cheap, easy to make, however, has very poor stopping power. As a result, 5.56 has received heated criticism for its poor performance on the battlefield, largely from soldiers. Criticism began in the Vietnam War when soldiers had to fight against the far more powerful 7.62 AK-47. 

Die Hard Guns used in[]

  • M16A1
  • Steyr AUG
  • Heckler & Koch G36C
  • M4A1 Carbine
  • Mark 12 Mod 0 SPR rifle
  • SIG SG-552 rifle
  • Bushmaster XM15E2 S rifle
  • FN M249 SAW Paratrooper light machine gun
  • FN SCAR-H CQC rifle
  • DSA SA58 OSW rifle
  • Patriot Ordnance Factory P416 rifle

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