Welcome to the party. This has been bouncing around the internet for a long time. Note one of your sources is dated last August. I looked up the actual RFQ for the order on a government purchasing web site when I first heard about it on Alex Jones’ web site. It’s real.
I looked into the Social Security order a while ago, it mostly makes sense (trust me). The rest of the 1.6 billion round order is just plain scary. My best guess is that DHS has something in mind that we aren’t going to like.
We may be looking at barricades in the future.
Do you think that will finally wake up the liberals that there is something seriously wrong with the Obama Admin?
I’ve spent some time the last few days trying to find out how much ammunition is produced in the U.S. each year. Not an easy task. Best I can tell is that world wide about 13 billion rounds are made with 40%, about 5 billion rounds, manufactured in this country. Of that Lake City make about 1.2 billion, almost all of which goes to the U.S. military.
Lake City is not keeping up with military expenditure. The various services are looking to purchase as many as 500 million rounds from normally civilian sources but I do not know how much of this might come from overseas. Most of this will be rifle and light machine gun rounds, .223 and .308.
So how much ammunition would be enough for civilian use? Since 1998 the feds have performed more than 160 million background checks, not all were for new weapons and not all of which were approved. Last year there were 12 million checks 43% for long guns 57% for hand guns.
In 2011 the U.S. produced about 6 million new firearms, I would guess the number is up for 2012. With about four million or more new weapons purchased each year for civilian use, and figuring 5 boxes with of ammo with each purchase, a wild ass guess, split between hand gun and rifles, that would easily amount to a billion rounds per year. But that leaves still a hundred million target shooters and hunters to service.
When it comes to hunting I use less than a box per year. I hunt deer with a 30-30 Winchester and only check the sight-in with a few rounds each year before hunting. Most hunting rifles are probably used that way. I do however shoot far more rounds for target and hand gun proficiency being fortunate in living in a rural area and having my own range. I also reload a few hundred rounds per year which does not affect the ammo shortage much except that primers are also in very short supply.
There are about 15 million hunting licenses purchase per year in the U.S. and a box or two of rifle ammo each would add at most another quarter billion rounds. Yet because hunting rounds are made on the same machinery as other similarly sized ammunition they are in short supply as well.
Targets shooting numbers are again hard to quantify. I have seen estimates of 20 million. Say it is only ten million and at two hundred rounds each and you have 2 billion. It becomes obvious that even before the shortage much ammunition shot in the U.S. came from overseas. These numbers surely do not fluctuate so much as to be the cause of an ammo shortage.
When all is said and done it seems that people are stockpiling because of mistrust of government and what with the government stockpiling, this is driving the shortage. If only five percent of firearm owners, say 5 million determined they needed a thousand rounds in reserve, that is 5 billion rounds all by itself.
We have been in a state of shortage or near shortage for over a decade and I don’t see it ending. Time for more manufacturing lines and jobs. Good for the economy, good for America.
Doc, you don’t think that a list of federal agencies with guns has become SMALLER since August, do you? If anything, there’s probably another one or two that have been added on.
And yes, if you’re trying to get good at target shooting, it’s easy to fire 100 rounds a day. Every day. I used to go through 500 rounds a week when I was doing it. A good progressive press was a great investment that saved me piles of money.
Yup, we’ve had an ammo shortage since 9/11, or slightly before. It’s not going to get better any time soon. We can’t even import the stuff from the Russians fast enough to keep up with demand.
All I can add is that I’m finding .38 caliber and 12-guage hard to find, and the prices have skyrocketed. About $1/rnd, and that’s at Wal-Mart! Just for lead slugs for target practice. I haven’t even priced any hollow-points. (obviously this is for the .38. I’ve still got a few hundred rounds for the 12-guage.)
Funny you bring this up as just today my Buddy went to the local scrap dealerto buy brass because its cheaper, his loads are better and more consistant, And he can sell the excess to subsidize his own needs.
I am in a good spot here myself as my Biz partner holds a FFl and can go to the front of the line if he needs to although he actually rarely shoots, he’s a collector/trader type. Best part; I get to play with lots of rare shit around here and just hand it back when I’m done.
And who uses HPs for target practice? Yeah, you should run some of what you plan to carry through to make sure your gun will eat it, but seriously, this is a load of buncombe. These guys have other plans. I’m glad I got stocked up before the fever struck.
Hey, in order to have a “civilian national security force” that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded as the military (man, that sounds so familiar, but I can’t quite place it), we need a two prong approach: we need to weaken military spending, and we need to waste a lot of money on this “civilian” thingy. I reckon they’re going to be buying up a few truckloads of UMP40s to use that .40SW HP in. I’ll enjoy some of those, once I’ve cleaned off the bloodstains.
Storage locations, and transportation routes to same. Start jotting these things down now folks, that information may well be needed later.