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Posted: 11/25/2003 10:20:55 PM EDT
Just before I left the Army (2000) there was a lot of talk about the Army going to a new "Green Friendly" 5.56 round that used some kind of Tungsten Steel instead of lead. Was done to eliminate costly cleanup of lead contaminated rifle ranges. Was going to be the new general issue round. Anyone heard of this?
WTF?
Link Posted: 11/26/2003 4:33:45 AM EDT
[url]http://more.abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/DailyNews/greenbullets010503.html[/url] [url]http://aec.army.mil/usaec/publicaffairs/update/win99/w9901.htm[/url]
Incidentally, as the United States lacks tungsten reserves, it is obliged to purchase the metal from China, leading another small arms instructor and U.S.MC veteran, the late Michael Harries, to observe: "Gawd forbid that the Big Army might be concerned with making sure its troops can fight and win wars. It's apparently more important to be environmentally friendly and cozy up to a communist country." Footnote: According to one veteran of the Desert, 120mm rounds are "hot," and do provide contamination of a battlefield that must be traveled through. "I speak from personal experience here," he said. "At some point someone has to recover vehicles, search bodies for intell, exploit equipment, etc. The DU is extremely efficient, and the Tungsten round less so."
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[url]http://www.recordsearchlight.com/news/business/past/20031009bus004.shtml[/url] [url]http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=green+ammo&ei=UTF-8&fr=fp-tab-web-t&cop=mss&tab=[/url] Wonder how it will affect leathality? Relying on China for ammo, thats great...
Link Posted: 11/26/2003 6:30:44 AM EDT
We're supposed to be getting some this spring to qualify with. If we do, I'll report accuracy and see if the range guys will let me "have" a few rounds for evaluation.
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