There are a lot of problems in Syria and Iraq at the moment mainly caused by despotic dictators trying to impose their political views on everyone in their country and religious fanatics brandishing their worn out collections of old fairy tales and wanting to impose their religious views on everyone in the world.
It seems to me that any government which has the capability to manufacture it’s own ammunition would be able to cause problems for terrorist organisations like ISIS.
They could produce ammunition which looked exactly like normal ammunition but had a little something extra.
I’m sure it would be possible for them to infiltrate a batch of this ‘special’ ammunition into the supply chain and eventually ‘let them’ accidentally fall into the hands of ISIS or whichever bunch of idiots are causing the problems.
A cartridge (colloquially called a bullet) consists of the actual metal bullet attached to a shell casing full of gunpowder or cordite. There isn’t a lot of difference between modern powder and the gunpowder which was used a hundred years ago.
This charge of low explosive burns very quickly but doesn’t actually explode, it creates a high pressure gas behind the bullet which propels it down the barrel and out of the gun.
If one were to replace this low explosive with high explosive but kept the look and weight of the cartridge the same then it would explode with much more force and damage the gun and possibly injure the person firing it.
But that would be too extreme. the person firing the gun would realise very quickly that their ammunition had been tampered with as would the group they were in. They would probably stop using that particular batch of ammunition very quickly once they had identified the problem.
But if one were to put only a small amount of high explosive in just one in ten or one in a hundred of the cartridges then it could damage the chamber without being immediately obvious. The terrorists who got the batch of altered ammo would have their guns wear out very quickly and they would start to misfire and jam.
If it were done very subtly then they might not even realise that anything was wrong. They would just think that their guns were wearing out. But if they did realise and retaliated against some of the scumbag arms dealers who are willing to sell ammunition to these idiots then that’s OK as far as I’m concerned.
I don’t know … maybe governments are already doing something like this.
Would we ever know?