Government Ammo BuyUps – 1.6B Bullets: Why Hollow Points for Practice? They Cost Twice as Much

So much has been written about this. I believe the only bottom line come we have a chance to get down to, is why hollow points, because the government is ignoring Congressional inquiries about quantities. Are hollow points used for target practice? A former Marine says no.  A former Army Major says ‘no.’ Here’s the thing, hollow points are safer for everyone but the bad guy you’re aiming at. A hollow point will not exit your target and hit the person behind him/her. Here’s the other thing, hollow points are twice as expensive as the full metal bullet. So why would they be used for target practice, especially when the taxpayer is paying for it, and practicing with either…aiming with either, doesn’t impact for accuracy of the person ‘practicing?’ Remember Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was slain armed with a bean bag in his gun…shot down cold by a Mexican illegal(s) with a U.S. government provided weapon.

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As every gun owner knows if they are serious about developing and maintaining their shooting skills, the type of bullets used for practice at the firing range are normally different from the ammunition one would use when getting the firearm set to be used in the event of a home invasion or other situations in which one’s life is in mortal danger.

Firing range bullets are much less expensive and are not designed for the day to day use of the gun for maximum self protection. One uses the more expensive variety, such as hollow point bullets, for real-life danger.

Thus, immediately this reporter knew that when the government claimed that its agencies had purchased multimillions of rounds of hollow point bullets for “practice and training” at the firing range, something was amiss. Most citizens are likely unaware that such ammo is not used for practice and will accept the government’s explanation at face value. This is in all likelihood what the Feds are counting on.

And when Maj. Gen. Curry [Army Ret] confirmed these suspicions in his article for The Daily Caller, it became clear that the Obama Administration has not been honest with the public concerning the current mass stockpiling of ammunition. The Examiner

In February 2013, radio talk show host, who isn’t ‘just’ a radio talk show host; he is a Constitutional attorney and former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General, Ed Meese. Levin estimates in a ten month period, our government purchased enough ammo to supply our military at the peak of the Iraq war for – 24 years!  All this ammo – the Department of Homeland Security says it’s for target practice.

A government spokeswoman says the 1.6 billion bullet contracts is known as “strategic sourcing contracts.” It helps save money, she says…and they are mostly for training centers…but why hollow points for training? They cost more.

Then there’s the 2700 light-armored tanks order for the U.S. Maybe it’s an epidemic. Maybe Homeland Security is “granting” light armor for very blue cities?

“We’re going to have our own tank.”

That’s what Keene, N.H., Mayor Kendall Lane whispered to Councilman Mitch Greenwald during a December city council meeting.

It’s not quite a tank. But the quaint town of 23,000 — scene of just two murders since 1999 — had just accepted a $285,933 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a Bearcat, an eight-ton armored personnel vehicle made by Lenco Industries Inc.

The IBD article says 15 members of Congress want to know what’s up with billions of bullets on order. They’ve been told their concerns are “unfounded.”

Background and Related:

Firearms Manufacturers Refuse to Sel to Government: How Citizens Defend 2nd Amendment

DHS Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order: Issues “Justification for other Than Full and Open Competition.”

Military in Iraq Used 70M Rounds of Ammo Annually: DHS Ordered 450M Rounds in One Month

Social Security Admin Buys 174,000 Hollow Point Bullets: Border Patrol Armed with Bean Bags

NOAA Buys 46,000 Rounds of Illegal Hollow Point Bullets

DHS Millions of Rounds of Ammo and BulletProof CheckPoint Booths – for what?

 

Background and Related:

Firearms Manufacturers Refuse to Sel to Government: How Citizens Defend 2nd Amendment

DHS Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order: Issues “Justification for other Than Full and Open Competition.”

Military in Iraq Used 70M Rounds of Ammo Annually: DHS Ordered 450M Rounds in One Month

Social Security Admin Buys 174,000 Hollow Point Bullets: Border Patrol Armed with Bean Bags

NOAA Buys 46,000 Rounds of Illegal Hollow Point Bullets

DHS Millions of Rounds of Ammo and BulletProof CheckPoint Booths – for what?

 

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  • Xavier

    By not voluntarily releasing the details of these purchases, the administration is using the same behavior that encouraged birtherism: they know it makes us easy targets for liberal criticism and the laughingstocks of left-wing blogs and the MSM. (I’m still not convinced about the validity of the birth certificate – but that doesn’t matter. It’s become a non-issue.)

    I’ve seen documents and numbers that indicate the ammo numbers equate to roughly 600 rounds per year per armed DHS employee over 5 years. Others I’ve spoken with claim the purchases were meant to cover a 10 year period. I’ve also seen information from seemingly good sources that shows the 2700 armored vehicles were actually purchased for the Marines.

    We can quote Generals and Unnamed Sources and Persons Of Great Importance on the purchases, but it’s all opinion and quite possibly disinformation. We need facts. Plus, the government doesn’t give a damn about costs (see: U.S. deficit) so why shouldn’t they practice with hollow points? Hell, why shouldn’t they practice with platinum hollow points? (Maybe they do.)

    The problem is that these stories have been republished so many times that finding a trusted source is impossible for the average person. Someone with research and/or FOIR experience needs to get to the bottom of this and publish the truth, with citations, even if it’s not what we want to hear.

    If DHS is actually stockpiling ammo in these amounts, it’s a colossal threat to our freedom. We need indisputable proof, not rumors, to decide what steps to take to protect ourselves and our rights. If these stories are inaccurate, we need to abandon them and concentrate on more pertinent issues.

    My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that we’re being played to discredit the only threat to liberals, since the GOP is essentially the Center Left now. With the truth coming out about Obamacare and the economy still stumbling along, liberals are desperate to paint Conservatives as gun crazed conspiracy theorists to avoid a repeat of the ’10 elections.

    P.S.- The government isn’t responsible for the double or triple prices on .22LR if you’re lucky enough to find a few boxes. Manufacturers are taking advantage of the paranoia and withholding supplies to drive retail costs up. They’ll slowly increase supply when ammo fever dies down but the prices will stay elevated – and we did it to ourselves!