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US Army Switches to Ineffective Environmentally Friendly Lead-Free “Green” Bullet

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 27, 2013 @ 3:06 pm In The Point | 29 Comments

A lot of people in the military must be looking back fondly at the Carter and Clinton eras. As bad as those were, they didn’t involve turning the military into a gay rights and green energy clearinghouse while destroying its ability to wage war.

Lead is bad for the environment. So if we’re going to shoot people, we should do it without polluting.

The U.S. Army is taking the expression “get the lead out” quite literally and switching to lead-free, environmentally-friendly bullets.’

The Army has been looking to “green” small caliber ammo for some time now. In 2010, the Army switched to the greener 5.56 mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round.

“The EPR replaces the lead slug with a copper slug,” said Lt. Col. Phil Clark, product manager for small caliber ammunition in the Program Executive Officer Ammunition. “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.”

Why are we making environmentally friendly ammo? Because Obama, that’s why. And like most “Green” products, the green bullets work badly, which is a problem because while environmentally friendly washing machines and diswashers that don’t clean don’t cost lives.

Bullets that work badly do.

Fox News reported that Army officials conceded that the M855A1 “has not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards” in a 2005 briefing.

But at least it’s Green. Who needs bullets that draw Red anyway.


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