5.56 X 43.8 FLECHETTE XM-144

The story of the flechette (little arrows) goes back to the First World War when it was first utilised by the French. There is a very good piece that was done on the whole flechette program on THE GUN ZONE. It is by Daniel Watters and is a summary of the history of the project and you can also find the military research HERE

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Although I do not have any specimens in my collection, this is an AAI drawing showing four proposed designs of a tracer fl├ęchette. The cartridge used in the tests was loaded with a variation of the one at top.