Army Orders Up Green Bullets

06.30.10 |

The Army has developed a so-called green bullet that contains less lead. The small-caliber bullet was developed at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. It'll eliminate roughly two-thousand tons of lead from the manufacturing process a year. The bullets have already started shipping to Afghanistan, where they'll go into use this summer. The Army reportedly plans to order some 200-million rounds of the 5.56 millimeter cartridge over the course of the next year or so. Besides being better for the environment, the new bullets are reportedly more accurate, go faster and produce less muzzle flash. A million rounds were test-fired before the Army approved the new bullets.