Wound a US service-person (PC here), it ties up 2 more in combat, and several more behind the lines, plus further cost in care. We do it because it's the right thing to do. Wish we would do more when they get home.
I wonder what government agencies had in mind when ordering thousands of hollow point rounds??? Wound or kill.
OK, regarding FMJ bullets: I'm pretty sure that it's the 1st Geneva Convention that prohibits expanding type bullets. Hollow point bullets "designed to expand" are illegal for military use under these rules.
OTM (open tipped match) type hollow points made mention of earlier in this thread are legal because they are not designed to expand. They actually have a small void just inside and they flatten out, fragment or crush...but they don't expand like a soft point/hollow point. The yawing caused by OTM bullets is very nasty but, since the bullet isn't designed to do more damage (it's designed to be more accurate) and since the yawing is just a lucky bonus, they are legal.
I am not a Geneva Convention specialist and my take on this could be slightly off, but it's pretty close.
FMJ verses HP is more about economics than about the Hague. When the military contract calls for bi-zillions of cases of ammunition that's likely going to be fired in full-auto or fast semi-auto, the bean-counting decision makers are, with rare exception, going to opt for more bullets per dollar & not "stopping effectiveness" when they issue the Purchase Order. If you were going to equip an army for war(s), would you want to have the most bullets or fewer of a more effective style of bullet?
My mistake Old Vet. Easy friend, I fixed it. But I thought Hague was the guy who was "in control here" during the Reagan assassination attempt . No, that was Alexander Haig.
Alexander was from Greece, not Geneva. He was a Great guy.
This might be a stupid question because im a ver and should know this. But does the 5.56 or 7.62 come in hollow points?
If your talking about using hollow points in issued handguns there is a lot of reasons why we don't as have been stated about penetration. And honestly after 2 deployments I've always seen alot of handguns carried but I've never seen anyone use them against the enemy. That doesn't mean that they don't I've just never seen anyone use it.
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