Army Giving Up Stopping Power for “Greener” Ammo?
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According to a report by the Daily Caller, the Army may soon be reducing it’s environmental impact, but it may be doing so at the expense of bullet performance and stopping power.
The army has already been using a “green” 5.56 round, the M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round, in most of the branch’s small arms using that caliber.
Now, they are looking to expand their green bullet initiative to the bigger calibers.
According to the Daily Caller,
The Army’s Picatinny Arsenal is working on a “green” version of the M80A1 7.62 mm bullet, which troops are supposed to start being issued in 2014, according to an Army press release.
While environmentalists will be happy that the transition to “green” ammo will reduce the amount of lead introduced to the environment by almost 4,000 metric tons, it may come at the expense of ballistic effectiveness.
According to Fox News,
“[The round] has not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards” in a 2005 briefing.
While it is honorable to try and protect the environment when possible, is the Army doing everything it can to insure that soldier’s lives aren’t endangered in the process?