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Why is DHS hoarding ammunition?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bolster, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    You can hardly miss the many stories about DHS buying billions of rounds of ammunition (hollowpoints) for "practice." What the heck is going on?
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
  2. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay

    Jan 24, 2005
    My understanding is that, the federal government has contracted for "options" of billions of rounds of popular calibers and trying to overwhelm ammo manufacturers, in order to keep ammo off the store shelves. Just a trickle is actually making it to store shelves, it appears. I guess that, if the government buys up virtually ALL ammo, then they can control where it ultimately is used.

    I haven't seen a more reasonable explanation to date.

  3. 20South


    Nov 18, 2002
    East of CBUS
    If you look at the RFP it appears that DHS wrote it to purchase "up to" a collective 1.6 billion rounds. DHS does practice with duty ammo and do not use the FMJ rounds most of us use for cost effectiveness. Given that, it hardly explains why regular target ammo is nowhere to be found. I have no trouble finding JHP rounds around my part of the world. However, up to 1.6B of anything is a huge number.
  4. tenforme


    Feb 14, 2013
    The stories are distortions of fact - that's what's going on.

    The reality is that in the last 5 months more guns have been sold than in the last 2 years combined - many if not most to first time gun owners. This has resulted in unprecedented demand for ammo. Add in the hoarding from the "OMG the world is ending crowd" and the net result is ammo shortages and stupid prices.
  5. TheJ

    TheJ NRA Life Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    I honestly think the DHS purchase stuff is a distraction. As usual with stories like this there is just enough facts mixed in to convince many that there is really something to worry about but IMHO it is a giant nothing sandwich.

    IMHO we have plenty of other REAL threats to be worried about like the so called universal background checks that is more likely to pass than folks realize and will negatively impact us in ways most haven't even imagined yet and lead to national registry (confiscation) upon subsequent tragedies.
  6. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

    Feb 18, 2009

    Under the radar gun control. A gun without ammo ain't much good.
  7. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    I believe this also. It is like commodity trading. They don't actually have to own the ammo to control the commodity, they only need to own the option.
  8. Such contracts have a delivery date. You must either sell the option by the delivery date or take delivery of the commodity.
  9. Wake_jumper


    May 3, 2007
    They have cornered the market and will sell it back to the suppliers at a huge profit.
  10. xXxplosive


    Mar 21, 2012
    Lets look at the Big picture.....Ammo, Mrap Assault Ambush Armored vehicles, approval to kill American citizens with all joking aside....they refuse to answer to congress.....what's with this ?
  11. the monk

    the monk

    Jul 26, 2011
    Northern VA
    This is typical gov contracting. DHS has negotiated a rate per round and a not to exceed amount. The not to exceed (NTE) can be 2 billion rounds but they may only buy 2 million. They do this to negotiate the lowest possible price per round and also to benefit the winner of contract as they would know the maximum amount they would have to put out over the 5 years of the contract. This allows them to budget if there would be any additional tooling needed.
  12. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    The Federal agencies are not buying ammo in attempts to keep it off of the store shelves... Ammo is absent from the shelves because citizens are simply buying it up. The Feds are buying what?.. 357sig and 40cal? That is the only stuff that is still in the LGS, its the 9mm and 22LR that is absent across the country.. who is buying 9mm? and 22LR..Citizens are.
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  13. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    They are not hoarding ammo. The problem is the people putting this crap out make a living by breaking the latest 'outrage'. Every time it is reported the contract is misread or misinterpreted. Either someone is an idiot or they are simply fabricating things to attract viewers to their media outlet. The 3000 MRAPS turned into 16, the rest went to the Marines. 21 million rounds turned into 200k for the Federal LE training center. 1.2 billion rounds was an 'up to' contract spread over 5 years and had nothing to do with how many rounds would actually be delivered. It goes on and on but certain sites keep reporting BS to keep fueling the outrage.
  14. bear62


    Feb 5, 2005
    Rocky Mountains
    Can you say Nazi Germany?? :faint:
  15. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    1.6 billion rounds over what, five years? Do you have any idea what a drop in the bucket that is, overall?
  16. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)

    All joking aside? You making yourself look like a loony.
  17. ray9898


    May 29, 2001

    DHS is comprised of a dozen or more agencies and the Federal law enforcement training centers. Just take the 3 biggest agencies which are Border Patrol, ICE and Coast Guard and you are supplying 90k+.

    Now lets add some numbers using a bare minimum standard.

    Qualify quarterly with rifle and pistol....800 rounds per year

    100 round practice allotment per month per weapon platform.....2400 rounds per year

    3200 rounds each x 90k = 288 million rounds per year.

    That is just for the 3 top agencies at a pretty low end training level. Now does 1.2 billion rounds over 5 years look like such a big number when you look at it logically?

    Context....without it numbers are meaningless.
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  18. Jakestir

    Jakestir Rah

    Feb 16, 2013
    North central IL
    Great response

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  19. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Between 1933 and 1939, there were a lot of alarmists in Germany who were concerned about what was happening to the German culture and government. Of course, the Nazis mocked them and called them "loonies."
  20. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)

    Whatever you say. This isn't the 30's and we're not Nazis.

    But continue making a fool of yourselves, I'm enjoying the laugh.