“Green” Ammo Less Capable Than Good Old Lead
By Harold Hutchison
Troops still fighting in Afghanistan may be saddled with less-effective ammo – all in the name of protecting the environment. The round in question is the new 5.56mm round being issued, the M855, called the Enhanced Performance Round.
However, past reports have indicated that officials have known for years that the new rounds, which use copper instead of lead, have “not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards.”
Despite the issues shown with the 5.56mm round, the Obama Administration has pursued a “green” 7.62mm round for use in rifles like the M21, M39, and M110, and the M240 and M60 machine guns.