Army begins shipping improved 5.56

Army begins shipping improved 5.56

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    The Enhanced Performance Round contains an environmentally-friendly projectile that eliminates up to 2,000 tons of lead from the manufacturing process each year in direct support of Army commitment to environmental stewardship.
    The US Army: Travel to exotic places, meet fascinating people... and kill them in an environmentally friendly manner.

    But seriously, good on the Army for giving our guys a better round
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    It doesn't appear to be more effective? The Marines turned it down, wonder why?

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    Green Ammo.

    How stylish!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RebelRabbi View Post
    It doesn't appear to be more effective? The Marines turned it down, wonder why?
    It clashed with the desert cammos.
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    If it removes a bunch of lead from the manufacturing process, and it's a effective round, I say why not.
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    The M855A1 resulted in a number of significant enhancements not found in the current round, officials said. They explained these include improved hard-target capability, more dependable, consistent performance at all distances, improved accuracy, reduced muzzle flash and a higher velocity.
    The Army had planned to start issuing the first of 20 million M855A1 rounds last August, until an 11th-hour problem surfaced when some of the bullets did not follow their trajectory or intended flight path. The slug proved to be sensitive to heat.
    “That lead-free bullet in the last six months just fell apart on them under extreme heat.”
    Army's Proposed New M855A1 to Use Solid Copper Bullet - THR

    Anyway the 6.8mm SPC round is superior
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    Any improvements are good. To do it for "greaen" reasons, would be suspect. IF you can do both, great.

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    If this is the same round that's been under development for a while now, it was designed to match M855 performance. If Big Army was smart they would've adopted the Marines' new Mk318.


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    I'd prefer that if direct contact with the bullet does'nt kill them, then maybe lead exposure later will. This isn't the place to be "going green" and experimenting with the troops lives in the process.
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    Only under the Obama regime. Aren't military bullets totally jacketed anyway? And what about totally copper bullets, talk about expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    Only under the Obama regime. Aren't military bullets totally jacketed anyway? And what about totally copper bullets, talk about expensive!
    No, not under the Obama administration. This started long before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BAC View Post
    If this is the same round that's been under development for a while now, it was designed to match M855 performance. If Big Army was smart they would've adopted the Marines' new Mk318.


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    Not available to civilians? GOOD! I already buy more effective ammo. Lead from bullets has never been an environmental hazard and never will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sentioch View Post
    Anyway the 6.8mm SPC round is superior
    And the 7.62 NATO is superior to the 6.8. Just saying.
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    No, not under the Obama administration. This started long before.

    Indeed it did start long before.

    Lead free 5.56mm rounds have been in the works since at least 1996. A firing range in MA had to be remediated after the state claimed that lead got into the ground water. This was a big cleanup job that cost lots of federal money.

    In the late 1990s i managed a UXO cleanup job in CO where we also had to remove all the .50 caliber rounds to a depth of one foot.

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