Very strange

Andrew Malcolm

since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants. To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

And if that weren’t enough, there’s upworthy to worry about.

2 Responses to “Very strange”

  1. Neil Says:

    Personally, if I were planning on forcibly subjugating a potentially hostile populace, I’d be requisitioning rifle ammunition, 40mm grenades, and mortar rounds. Not 9mm and .40 pistol ammo.

    1.6B rounds of ammo is equivalent to one 50-round practice session per month for 10 years, for each of the 240,000 employees of DHS. That’s a ridiculous amount of sidearm ammunition, unless these are 10-year contracts.

    There may be some hanky-panky here, but it’s more likely connected to the fact that the DHS is buying this ammo from brokers that came into being just prior to winning the contract (rather than direct from the manufacturers). I’d also be very curious about the accounting methods used in keeping track of ammunition inventory.

  2. Neil Says:

    Ah, well this probably explains it:

    Basically, the 1.6B number comes from an incorrect reading of the contract. The actual number is about 1/10th of that, which puts it approximately in the proper range of one box of ammo per agent per month, a reasonable amount of practice with duty ammo.

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