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Difference Between Ammunition and Munition

Ammunition vs Munition

Ammunition and munition in most terms are considered to be synonymous. In general terms, both “ammunition” and “munition” are used for everything related to the types of equipment and supplies used in war. However, there is only a little dissimilarity between the two. The term “ammunition” is more often used than “munition.”

In actual terms, it is hard to distinguish a differentiation between ammunition and munition. Both ammunition and munition have basically three components; explosive materials/propellants, projectiles, and cartridges.

“Munition” is a collective word used for “ammunition.” It is used in a broader form. “Ammunition” is a term that includes; shells, bullets, fuses, and powder. On the other hand, “munition” involves everything from guns, small revolvers, medium rifles, automatic rifles, special arms, artillery guns, missiles, and bombs. Munition can be said to be the weapons used in combat.

Another description says that munition is the weapons or the weapons systems used in combat, and ammunition refers to the charges needed for the weapons or the weapons systems. For example, if a gun or rifle is the munition, the bullet used in it is the ammunition.

Ammunition is usually unofficially referred to as “ammo.” The word “ammunition” is derived from French la munition. The word “ammunition” got shortened in the 1970s.

“Munition” comes from Middle French “munition” meaning fortification and Latin “munitionem” also meaning “fortification.” Though earlier it was a word that had the meaning of “fortification,” the term “munition” came to be used for the whole word “ammunition” by the 1530s.

Summary:

1.Ammunition and munition in most terms are considered to be synonymous.
2.In actual terms, it is hard to distinguish a differentiation between ammunition and munition.
3.“Munition” is a collective word used for “ammunition.”
4.“Ammunition” is a term that includes; shells, bullets, fuses, and powder. On the other hand, “munition” involves everything from guns, small revolvers, medium rifles, automatic rifles, special arms, artillery guns, missiles, and bombs.
5.Munition is the weapons or the weapons systems used in combat, and ammunition refers to the charges needed for the weapons or the weapons systems.
6.The word “ammunition” is derived from French la munition. The word “ammunition” got shortened to “ammo” in the 1970s.
7.“Munition” comes from Middle French “munition” meaning “fortification” and Latin “munitionem” also meaning “fortification.” “Munition” came to be used for the whole word “ammunition” by the 1530s.


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  1. I remember when I was a kid in the 1960s and we played at “soldiers” we regularly ran out of “ammo” and I think we got it from comics like “the Valiant” at that time. So I think the abbreviation has been around longer than you suggest and may well come from the second world war.

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