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frangible

[′fran·jə·bəl]
(mechanics)
Breakable, fragile, or brittle.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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To further minimize that risk, the firearm could be loaded with frangible rounds (also called "rat shot"), special ammunition charged with very small pellets that are effective only at short range.
Made of compressed tin and other materials, frangible rounds break up on impact, especially on steel targets.
To keep things clean and safe in the indoor environment, only nontoxic frangible rounds are used.