“The ADM 401 carries a payload of 1100 flechettes and has an effective range of 100 m,” the good folks at Saab Bofors Dynamics tell us re: ammo for Sweden’s popular and versatile Carl Gustav recoilless rifle. “As there is no explosive charge the flechettes are released by gas pressure in the form of a cone. This results a distributions of 5 to 10 flechettes per square meter at a distance of 100 m, which is extremely effective against enemy intrusion.” Ya think? “An American soldier interviewed about how the round killed 25 Afghans referred to the rounds as ‘the meat grinder’.” And this is a problem because . . .
“I think it’s totally reprehensible that Sweden manufactures and exports these types of weapons,” said Anna Ek, chair of the Svenska Freds- och skiljedomsförening (‘Swedish peace and arbitration society’), to Sveriges Radio (SR).
“It violates the intention of weapon manufacturing laws which say that manufacture only for export is prohibited.”
In other words, Sweden shouldn’t make shit that kills a lot of people, and if it does, it should only make it for themselves. Gotcha.