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Old January 3, 2013, 07:13 AM   #42
Mike Irwin
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Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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Flechette loads look good, but in practice they stink.

The US experimented with them in Vietnam, where it was thought that they would do a better job of penetrating jungle foliage.

In practice it was found that they didn't do all that great a job of penetrating brush, they had extremely limited range given the light weight nature of the individual flechettes, and they had very poor wounding capacity.

Users clamored for their traditional buckshot loads to be reissued, and the flechettes were withdrawn from service as a failure.
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