Lethality issues. I like that. (I should, I just made it up). New York Police aren’t having problems shooting the wrong people (or simply shooting too much). They’re having “lethality issues.” Well, so is the U.S. Army. Not that you’d know it from their PR campaign. “The EPR replaces the lead slug with a copper slug,” the product manager for small caliber ammunition for the Program Executive Officer Ammunition tells dailycaller.com. “This makes the projectile environmentally-friendly, while still giving soldiers the performance capabilities they need on the battlefield. So far we have eliminated 1,994 metric tons of lead from 5.56 ammunition production.” Awesome! Only according to foxnews.com, back in 2005 . . .
Army officials acknowledged that the M855 “has not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards,” according to a 2005 briefing, the Army Times reported [pay wall].
But ballistics experts point out no bullet is perfect; the new rounds won’t be substantially more deadly, in other words.
“There is not a bullet in this world that will do that,” Dr. Martin Fackler, former director of the Wound Ballistics Laboratory at the Letterman Army Institute of Research — who also served in the Vietnam War as a combat surgeon — told the Army Times. “Even if you take the guy’s heart apart, he can still shoot back at you for 15 seconds because he’s still got enough oxygen in the blood in his brain to do it.”
Old news. But the question remains: is the new, greener round as deadly as the non-PC ammo? [h/t AWR Hawkins at ammoland.com].