FrangibleBullets A Reality?
To what degree are FrangibleBullets the answer? Non-lead bullets, lead-free ammunition and non-toxic primers, are we being set up or what? What's wrong with good old jacketed or naked lead bullets. They shoot well. Ok! they can ricochet. There isn't a member of the Cowboy Shooting community that hasn't been hit by a hunk-a-lead flying back off a metal target. But, dangerous, I think not. Miner cut, maybe. At Indoor ranges they say lead dust and/or vapors could rise to hazardous levels. Sure, if the fan breaks down or is insufficient. It's a question of exposure and how much is to much?
Lead styphnate is in the compound used by most every producer of primers. It is used as an initiator. The lead in those primers is measured in milligrams. A primer with a compound called diazodintrophenol (DDNP) is used to replace lead styphnate, then the primer can be labeled, "non-toxic." Diazodintrophenol (DDNP) is also hydroscopic which causes moisture problems. Also lead bullets when fired heat-up and vaporized lead can enter the atmosphere. If you take notice you'll find very few avenues that direct you to the information regarding the levels of lead in the human body that are supposed to be so dangerous.
Frangible bullets are produced using all copper or a composite of copper and tin. On impact a frangible bullet fragments in to small pieces and a little pink dust. Now, that beats the heck out of hunks-a-lead and/or jacket fragments coming at you. Cowboys and everyone else on the range is ricochet safer. Frangible bullets will destroy ballistic gelatin even without being hollow points. Imagine the benefits to home defense. You miss the "Perp" (a little TV. cop lingo) hitting the bedroom wall behind which is the wife and kids. With frangible bullets your family is safe. The outcome using your jacketed lead 230 grain + P hollow points could be a lot different.
Rather than pointing out the benefits of frangible bullet to shooters they (whom ever they are) play the fear card. The lead scare hit the real estate rental business a few years back and it has been a pain for them ever since. Every dippy politician and bureaucrat in need of a cause grabs on to lead, guns, global warming, SUV's, hair dye, hair spray, asbestos, and beats the public to near death with it. For the most part people don't take the time to look beyond their B-S. Finding the reality of what ever fear is being pushed is work. Nine out of ten times their B-S. is just that and the one leftover, generally has a 15-20% reality factor. The 80-85%, you guest it, B-S. Do the research, I dare yah. What's your opinion?Yours, Jeffrey
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