Infantry Weapons Sector Report 2010

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In the Afghanistan close-quarter battle (CQB) non-standard issue .45-calibre pistols are being used instead of 9 mm systems whose ‘stopping’ power or lethality has been questioned. Also, some operators are choosing to carry 7.62 mm assault rifles in place of issued 5.56 mm weapons, for the same reason. However, these each carry their own risks when it comes to a round passing through bodies and causing unintended injury or death to "background targets."