Still trying to discover the details of what happened March 15th when McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy is reported to have been shot by ricocheting frangible ammunition, I filed a Freedom of Information request asking for its purchase order.
Here’s what I asked for:
“Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request purchase order(s) for the frangible ammunition used on March 15 at the Shooting Range during the SWAT Team training during which Eric Woods was injured.”
Freedom of Information Officer Jan Weech sent the following:
“The document attached is a copy of a quote we received for the Ammunition that we ordered and received. This Ammunition was the supply that was used at our Range on the date that you requested.”
Take a look at what was purchased from International Cartridge Corporation, based in Reynoldsville,
The firm has a web site. You see the top below:
The second paragraph of the introduction, most of which you can see at the bottom of the screen above, says,
“Conventional ammunition has a significant hazard associated with close range fire, ricochet and over penetration. The International Cartridge Corporation’s round has controlled fragmentation characteristics while maintaining lethal penetrating capabilities. This unique performance reduces hazard for the shooter without compromising firepower.” (Emphasis added.]
There are videos. Here’s a ten-second one entitled “Highspeed Video” that shows what happens to a frangible bullet when it hits something. It breaks apart.
There’s a longer one which shows the dust left after frangible bullets are shot.
The video shows a man hammering a bullet. It turns to dust.
It promotes the lack of fragmentation.
And the lack of ricocheting. Actually, the description of the ammunition is “NO RICOCHET.”
“Standard jacketed ammunition will ricochet and has inherent danger (pictured to the right). Due to the characteristics of ICC frangible ammunition, hazards are reduced and in most situations, eliminated completely.”
There’s a pledge of “Reduced Hazard.”
There is no lead in these frangible bullets.
Training is simulated in a shooting range with steel targets.
And, there’s a section which shows men entering a room for SWAT team practice.
The first man to enter engages the closet target, which just happens to be low, similar, even though a bit higher, to what those at the McHenry County shooting range described after Deputy Eric Woods was injured by ricocheting bullet fragments.
Just thought you might be interested.