Skip to comments.Getting the lead out, literally: U.S. Army plans switch to ‘green’ bullets
Posted on 07/25/2013 8:04:26 AM PDT by kimtom
The U.S. Army is taking the expression get the lead out quite literally and switching to lead-free, environmentally-friendly bullets.
The Armys 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.
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.
Thirty-two grains of lead are eliminated per M855A1 projectile, and 114.5 grains of lead will be eliminated per M80A1 projectile, according to the Army.
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"this is what we've been asking for!!" A real effective fighting force: (sarc)
This of course will lower the ballistic Coefficient of the round making it less accurate and shorter ranged.
Will this double or triple the cost of Ammo ?
Copper is expensive, why not use a zink aluminum alloy? Maybe a copper jacket over cast iron would work out better?
Copper sells for several times more per pound vs. lead.
Not only is it stupid to seek green ammo ... but, even if environmentally-friendly ammunition were your cause-of-choice, lead bullets aren’t even near the top of the list. Don’t they use depleted uranium anti-tank shells and cluster munitions?
If we started a rumor that all our bullets are coated with a pig-fat based lubricant, we would have to use a lot less of them
I don't give a damn about another country's "environment" when they have done something, anything that draws our troops there. F'em.
As long as the bullets incorporate a pork based lubricant, I’m fine with it.
Yes they do, and the eco-nazis, the pacifists and other similar riff-raff whine and cry about it.
Well in another green initiative, they are replacing Marines with Gays. Marines are defiantly not environmentally friendly.
The part of the military that has and deserves respect is the solder/airman/sailer.
The part of the military that deserves derision and scorn is the “leadership” comprised of rank and status seeking poorly educated politican generals and admirals - few, of any - who think of anything other than the latest politically correct move.
They - as their leader the Obamadork - are scum.
War isn’t something where we worry about being “green”
How green was Germany when we finished with it, or Korea.
I wonder if the 1.6 Billion bullets ordered for the IRS, and Social Security administration are “green” They are for killing Americans not for the enemy.
Not to mention the cost enhancement.
They could replace the lead core with Fruit Cake DC has plenty
Good point. Let’s start that rumor about bullets being coated with pig fat.
We have seen people getting killed over false rumors that the Koran was flushed down a toilet. So let’s start this rumor, and give the Muslims something to think about.
What do they care? It's only our money.
If this is true, then why in the heck have all the governmental agencies from HLS to the IRS been buying up all the ammo. Are they going to chuck all of that into the Potomac now? So they can use these green turd bullets? You know this crap has been in the pipeline for a couple of years now.
HLS to the IRS been buying up all the ammo..”
green ammo is less likely to be effective against THEM!!!