employ bands of color, data markings, etc., to indicate the nature of the hazard. For example, the background color of a WP smoke round may be a light green to indicate its primary use. Markings in red will indicate incendiary characteristics, and a yellow band will indicate the presence of an explosive burster.
c. Tracers. The presence of a tracer (if the color is significant) is indicated by a series of T's in the same color as the tracer; dye loads, by D's in the color of the dye; and flash signals (color bursts) by C's in the appropriate color.
d. Color Coding. Ammunition color coding is now in its third generation. Since ammunition has a long shelf life, some very old items may occasionally be encountered The three generations of color coding are illustrated in table 1-2. Ammunition manufactured prior to 1962 was generally painted as shown for the first generation color code. The second generation coding was used between 1962 and approximately 1976 when the third generation code came into use. e. Application of Color Coding. The color code in table 1-2 applies to all ammunition items in this manual, except the following:
(1) Small arms ammunition (see ch 3).
(2) Blank ammunition.
Figure 1-2. Deleted.
(3) Cartridge cases.
(4) Propelling charges.
(6) Propellant-actuated devices.
(7) Pyrotechnic devices. (Color is used in pyrotechnic items to indicate the pyrotechnic effect. The tops of ground signals (fig. 1-1), for example, are painted in the color of the signal and embossed for ease in identification.)
(8) Demolition accessories and ammunition components which do not require color coding for identification purposes.
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