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The Foreigner Norway police get green light for expanding ammunition. The Norwegian government gives police sharpshooters the go-ahead to use the bullets despite their controversial properties. It is argued that employing this type of ammunition reduces the risk that innocent third parties are hit by them. The bullet, which expands on impact and causes maximum tissue damage, does not leave the victim’s body. Military use has been banned for some 115 years.

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Norway police get green light for expanding ammunition

Published on Wednesday, 25th June, 2014 at 19:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Winkelmann   .

The Norwegian government gives police sharpshooters the go-ahead to use the bullets despite their controversial properties.



It is argued that employing this type of ammunition reduces the risk that innocent third parties are hit by them.

The bullet, which expands on impact and causes maximum tissue damage, does not leave the victim’s body. Military use has been banned for some 115 years.

Expanding bullets are known as ‘dumdums’ in every day speech. Police Inspector Rune Andersen in the National Police Directorate has underlined that “the new ammunition does not fragment as it did 10 years ago.”

“It doesn’t cause anywhere near as much damage as the old expanding ammunition did,” he told NRK earlier this month.

Ministry of Justice and Public Security officials state that in their view, the ‘dumdum’ description is “somewhat misleading”. Police in Norway call it the ‘Short Stop’ bullet.

“Unlike a full metal jacket projectile which would normally penetrate and move through the prey without substantially changing shape, an expanding projectile will frequently halt its prey due to the expansion. Thus, a greater portion of the projectile’s impact energy is transferred to what it hits,” writes the Ministry.

Socialist Left Party (SV) leader Audun Lysbakken is dubious to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s announced decision.

“It’s a known fact that this type of ammunition is prohibited in war and is used in big game hunting because it effectively kills animals. The police in Norway should really not use this type of ammunition,” he told VG.

Both the National Police Directorate and police officers’ federation (Politiets fellesforbund) welcome the government’s move.

Government officials’ green light to using expanding bullets initially applies to some police emergency response (Delta) and 800 police operational personnel (snipers) in Norway’s 27 police districts that have undergone 103 annual training hours using it.

Facts about expanding bullets:

  • Used by police forces in eleven countries, including the UK, France, Sweden, and Demark.
  • ‘Dumdums’ were named after an example produced by British army officer Neville Slayd Bertie-Clay (1887-1938).
  • Manufactured at the North-West Frontier’s Dum Dum arsenal near Calcutta, India in the 1890s.
  • The arsenal produced several types of expanding bullets.
  • This included soft and hollow point designs for the .303 British Cartridge – also known as the 7.7×56mmR (7.7mm).
  • Military usage ban on ‘dumdums’ took effect in 1899 under the Hague Convention.




Published on Wednesday, 25th June, 2014 at 19:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Winkelmann   .

This post has the following tags: police, arms, norway, ammunition.





  
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