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What does the DHS need with all this Ammo?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Trigger Finger, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Alex Jones.

    His outlet was one of the first to breathlessly report this on-line. The problem is, when you do the math and breakdowns, you realize that it isn't much considering the numbers. As others have written, sometimes JHPs are cheaper per case than FMJs.

    If nothing else, it drive traffic to Jones' website so he can peddle more tactical and end of the world stuff and garner more ad money.
  2. Ohio Cop

    Ohio Cop

    Mar 1, 2012
    The Rust Belt.
    I work for a very small department and we order about 10k rounds each year.

    The larger SOs qualify 300+ employees twice a year. They order and receive 40-50k rounds a year.

    It is plausible for them to be purchasing that much ammo in one shot.

    " I was wondering what would break first; your spirit or your body."

  3. "Now, consider the fact that everyone is required to qualify four times a year, and there is a lot of "range play" as well that consume rounds: shoot and move, down and disabled, on and on."
    "It is a package deal. Also, the philosophy is to qualify with what you are going to carry, so it has never been full metal jackets, it has always been hollow points. "
    Kingarthurhk! What are you basing this on? Who says "everyone" is required to qualify four times a year? And what does "package deal" mean? And how can you possibly compare the ammo used by the military, fighting a war, to a law enforcement agency?

    And anyone who says JHP rounds are cheaper then FMJ rounds have not shopped around enough for the best price! Why do you think every major police department uses FMJ rounds to qualify? According to you it's because they cost more!!
    30 years with the largest police department on the west coast and I have not heard of any of this.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  4. Newcop761

    Newcop761 CLM

    Jan 29, 2001
    In Existential Crisis
    My "police department" has about 50% more gun toters than LAPD.

    We are required to qualify 4 times per year. Period.
    Kingarthurhk knows this first hand.

    Border Patrol (which has twice the gun-toters than LAPD) shoots a course of fire which consumes more rounds than the ICE qualification.... The round count adds up.
  5. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    State bid in CA you can get 64gr Powerpoint cheaper than FMJ and Win Ranger Bonded in .40 than FMJ. I suspect it is because of the CHP. We get Fords far cheaper than at the local fleet dealers when we piggyback off of the CHP. State Parks used to piggyback 4006s with the CHP until recently.

    I think ammo manufacturers will give you a big price break if you agree to buy in bulk. If I were DHS or any large agency I would buy in multi year amounts to save money. Say every 4 years buy the ammo you think you will need for the next 5 years.
  6. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    15 years of experience?
  7. The 46,000 rounds is a non-issue ever since I said that I stand corrected. But some of you keep bringing it up!!
    That's just a small part of the amount I was referring to.

    "On top of that, the DHS buy order was for about 40,000,000 rounds of .40 S&W JHPs all told. That’s a lot of ammo."

    This is mainly what I was referring to. That's 40 million!!!!!!:wow:

    And when you said "everyone" is required to qualify a certain number of times, I took that to mean everyone in law enforcement. I know this is not the case with LAPD and a number of other departments! You did not specify.

    I hope everyone here knows that I am extremely Pro Law Enforcement. I just thought this high number concerns me! :supergrin:
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  8. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    It is because you are ignorant. And that is not your fault. .40 Caliber ammunition has been standard issue pistol since I was stuck with the Beretta 96D, then the H&K .40 USP DA, and then the Sig DAK. However, this will blow your mind too, if you purchase your own pistol you can get a Glock, but it has to be a 9mm. Also, for the longest time the Customs issued pistol was the Glock 19. Now, the privately owned pistols are the Glock 17 and 26. I carry both, because I like Glock. It is reliable. I don't like 9mm, but if it is Glock that is what you get.

    Also, you will have to consider that on top of the .40 there is 12 guage and .223 amuntion. The standard 3 gun for Border Patrol these days is H&K P200, a Wilson Combat 12 guage, and an M-4 (now 3 round burst).

    So, you have virutally every federal law enforcement agency carrying .40 for the standard sidearm, except Glock freaks like me. Though, years ago the FBI when I worked along side their Agents carried Glock 22 .40, the Glock expception to the rule apprently.

    So, virtually everyone out there has .40. The academies burn through tons of the stuff. For those who are street hires they have to have a pistol course that consumes a great deal of ammo to bring them up to speed.

    Then you the folks out in the field qualifying 4 times a year, being issued duty ammo and practice ammo on top of that, and it ends up being a butt load of ammo.

    So, the figures are not off. There is no great conspiracy. It is just someone noticed the volume of ammo. Considering there are about 200k of those folks out there more or less, the ammuniton draw is not that staggeringly impressive.
  9. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    IMHO, this isn't that much ammo considering the number of people involved.
  10. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

    Jul 12, 2007

    If that's a buttload of ammo, I need a new butt!

    That's more than I want in my butt! :tongueout::rofl:

  11. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    Well, let's see: Do law enforcement have to be exposed to CS Gas? Check. Do they have to sprayed with OC spray? Check. Do they have to be shot with a taser gun? Check. So, taking a round in the butt can't be too far oof.:rofl::supergrin:
  12. CJStudent

    CJStudent Fenced In

    Nov 3, 2005
    "Oof" is right! :wow:
  13. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    This is rather weird question and follow up question to be coming from a "30 year cop". Most of this is common sense and simple math. I expect a conspiracy theorist to be shocked, not a LEO who should have basic knowledge of training and the ability to do simple math.
  14. dpadams6


    Jan 5, 2010
    I don't think its unreasonable at all. It takes A TON of ammo in all that training and roughly 50 rounds on each individuals belt, minimum.
  15. dpadams6


    Jan 5, 2010
    My Dept trains with what we carry. 357sig hst.
  16. johnson8861

    johnson8861 Daddo Chomper

    DOJ as a whole, mint police, washington dc police, Irs police, just to name a few feds that also need to practice with ammo.
  17. Let's see, I have been called Ignorant, having a lack of Common Sense, can't do Simple Math and having no Knowledge of Training. At the same time being told that I should know all of this having 30 years as a police officer, detective and detective supervisor.

    Maybe you all are correct. For the last 8 years on the job I worked a specialized Surveillance Unit where we would sometimes remain in the field for days at a time. Before that I worked homicide and before that gang suppression and investigation. I was never involved in procuring ammunition or any other tools of the trade other that testing vests and individual weapons and vehicles for the units I was in.

    I guess allot of you college boys who sometimes would work the field in between ordering thousands of rounds of ammunition for all weapons your department would use, and attempt to train others, then in the meantime bad mouth old dinosaurs like me and wonder why working cops don't understand the expenditures of his department.

    I came on the job to arrest evil doers and did not care about who orders what in what quantity!

    Someone's got to do it but bad mouthing those who don't are beneath most of you who really are cops!
  18. EPTSSP

    EPTSSP Vigilante

    Jan 10, 2011
    PA's as end users are not required to take the ride, or CS gas.

    ETA: I saw you said LEO's in general. I thought you were talking about the Patrol.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  19. blk69stang


    Jan 10, 2011

    ^^^ I've posted the math covering this in umpteen different threads. I won't go through the entire equation again, but here's some numbers to get you started:

    DHS is REQUIRED to qualify quarterly, and the "standard" ammo issue per qual is 250 rounds. That's 1000 rounds of ammo per officer, per year. So multiply officers X 1000 rounds, and you get how many rounds per year each agency needs.

    Or conversely, take the number of rounds purchased by the agency, divide it by 1000, then divide THAT figure by the number of officers, and you get how many years it will take to shoot up that ammo at current rates of consumption. Usually, you take the figure posted by the tinfoil hatter, then divide it by (officers*1000) and the answer is in the single digits, if it isn't a decimal figure.

    People have no idea of the order of magnitude you're dealing with when it comes to Federal Government ammo consumption. Then again, most people also can't be bothered to do some basic math to check and see if the "sky is falling" headline they're parroting is going to make them look like an idiot or not.
  20. blk69stang


    Jan 10, 2011
    Oh, and I nearly forgot the tinfoil hat claim of "if all this ammo is for practice, why are they buying HOLLOWPOINTS?"

    The answer was already covered by a previous post in this thread:

    That, and also because if you shoot ball at the range, you can be guaranteed that some booger eater is going to sneak some home and it will find its way into his duty carry ammo. At DHS, we only deal with duty-carry ammo. This way we only have to deal with one type, and you don't have to worry about having the wrong kind on hand. We only have one type of ammo: the right kind (and damn the expense).

    Tens of thousands of rounds for ANY agency in the Fed Gov is NOTHING. Statistically negligible.

    Millions of rounds for an agency is maybe a 5 year supply, at best.

    Billions of rounds - either an agency is expanding, or they're buying ammo a decade ahead, or it's a contract for multiple agencies, like maybe the entire DHS or DOJ putting out one collective contract for all the agencies under their umbrella.

    A trillion plus rounds - Might be time to raise an eyebrow, unless it's a DOD wartime contract. For a civilian agency though, that *MIGHT* be an order of magnitude large enough where you might be justified in worrying.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012