In Search of Lethality: Green Ammo and the M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round

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In 2010 the Army fielded new rifle ammunition to its soldiers in Afghanistan. Developed as part of a lead-free ammunition program, the new rifle bullet produced a storm of outrage from the firearms community, who derided the new ammunition as needless “green wash” at a time when troops were dying in combat. This is the story of how "green" became "more lethal". More
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About Glenn Dean

Glenn Dean was commissioned as an Armor officer through the Army ROTC program at the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was subsequently assigned to operational Armor and Cavalry assignments in the 24th Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Division, and the 1st Cavalry Division, as well as a tour in Recruiting Command. After completing graduate work in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he transitioned to the Army Acquisition career field. He currently works in weapons systems development and has worked in combat development, program management, and technology development in the fields of small arms, medium caliber cannons, ammunition, and combat vehicles.

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resonant reviewed on Feb. 2, 2014

A very easy-to-understand and readable explanation.
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Shilka Publishing reviewed on March 5, 2012

I should probably note at the start that this book isn’t going to be for everyone. It’s a description of how a new 5.56mm round was developed, the design considerations, how they were met and the compromises that had to be made.

The impetus for the new round was a need to reduce or eliminate lead from small arms ammunition, to avoid falling foul of tightening state environmental regulations. During initial discussions, the issue of the existing M855 round’s performance came up, and so the program looked at improving performance in a number of areas, as well as reducing the environmental impact of the many rounds that were fired at ranges in the U.S. The end result was a round that was much improved over the existing round, at a similar cost.

The book describes the whole process, and the controversy that surrounded the new round, in a very readable manner. It’s not excessively long at a little over 5,000 words.
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