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The Mil-dtd Number would be differenced by the 3-digit Lot Sequence numbers set aside for each item. The regrouping action may or may not include modification, conversion, overhaul, propellant blending, or extensive maintenance.
Lot numbering and ammunition data cards also provide documentation mil-ztd traceability for ammunition lots. They all have the Lot Interfix number but the Lot Sequence numbers are assigned in alternating blocks. There are no spaces between symbols in the Lot Number. Mil-st usually followed by a Hyphen in a standard lot, but could be followed by an Ammunition Lot Identifier code if it is non-standard. A pre-production lot designed to set up the initial manufacture, sorting and packaging of ammunition items.
Regrouping can occur, provided the above requirement is met, regardless of type of operations which may or may not be performed in conjunction with the assemblage of these mil-std Military of the United States standards. Over time, lot numbering formatting and requirements have changed see 6. The last digits were the serial number, called the Lot Sequence Number. Whenever lots with older lot number formats, or quantities thereof, are reworked, the assigned lot suffix shall be the last entry in the lot number.
The system still uses the same 2- or 3-letter Manufacturing Code, 2-digit Year of Production, and alphabetic Month of Production codes. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat This list only includes those lots that require special marking identification in the lot number for proper handling. The first 4 digits comprise mil-sts National Stock Composition Group, which indicates the group and class of materials it is.
Machinegun ammo was designated by manufacturers with an extra code letter. The text in the center of the front panel detailed the amount mil-std type of contents the crate contained. Each manufacturer had a code designation. It starts with a code letter and is followed by a 3-digit code number. It is also issued a new Interfix and Sequence number rather than those of the Lots the remnant components are from. It could be followed by one or two Ammunition Lot Mol-std code letters if there were any stoppages or changes mil-wtd production for any reason, but is omitted in an homogeneous lot.
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In this example, "L" stands for Letter and "N" stands for Number. Each manufacturer had a code designation. This was originally 3 or more digits long. The lot numbers were also beginning to get very long. There was confusion at the start from a lack of rigid standards and oversight. Some contractors would use a serial number sequence for each type of ammunition they produced, meaning there would be lots of different ammunition types produced at different times that would have the same lot number.
United States Military Standard
Mil Std 1168c