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A Pile of Ammo
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…armies in Scandinavia are so concerned about the pollution caused by lead bullets they’re replacing their entire stock with non-toxic versions. The manufacturers are encouraging the British armed forces to do the same.

But is there really a case to go lead free?

“If you’re getting killed by a lead bullet or lead-free it doesn’t really matter, but most ammunition is used for training anyway,” explains Urban Oholm, senior vice-president of Swedish arms manufacturer Nammo.

In 1995, the Swedish government requested alternative ammunition. Four years later, the first lead-free bullets were delivered, since then Nammo has made 360 million at its plant on the shores of Lake Vattern in southern Sweden.

To the untrained eye there’s nothing to mark out the green bullets as different, from the pointed, copper-coloured tip, down the shining cartridge to the ridged base.

But Nammo claims each green round is designed to “minimise the impact on user’s health” and on the environment. The company also trumpets that the new design shows “improved lethality”.

Read the rest of Angus Crawford report at BBC News.

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