DHS Stockpiling Ammo: Myths and Facts Revealed

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There are dozens of articles hyping government purchases of ammunition over the last nine months. After spending weeks researching this topic, this is a collection of commonly held myths that are based more on panic than fact.

MYTH: DHS purchased 750 million rounds of several different types of ammunition in August 2012.

FACT: The DHS contract never stated 750 million rounds at any time. It is a five year contract with a maximum purchase of 70 million rounds over the life of the contract. Military Times recently addressed this issue as well.

MYTH: The estimated 1.6 billion rounds purchased by DHS would sustain the military for over 20 years.

FACT: This myth was even reported by Forbes. While this number is comparable to rounds expended at the height of combat in Iraq, the actual ammunition produced for the military annually is, quite ironically, 1.6 billion rounds. Many conspiracy theorists are not accounting for ammunition expended in training.

A well-trained police officer will expend a minimum of 2,000 to 5,000 rounds per year, yet may never fire their weapon in defense. There is a significant disparity between rounds fired for training and those fired in a real world scenario.

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Comments

  1. When the military goes to the range to qualify they fire three rounds to start and then set the sites. After that they will fire another three rounds and repeat until the rifle is zeroed. After zeroing the rifle they will fire from different positions at different targets and distances for qualification. That will result in a significant number of rounds fired by the time they are finished.

  2. Why does the dhs need ammo? To protect US from terrorists? Funny, considering obozo and his minions consider conservative Americans are terrorists!! Sorry, I do not believe that dhs has not purchased large amounts of ammo. If they have not, why not give the senate the info they requested? Why not give the senate the receipts for the ammo? All the dhs is doing is trying to avoid the question, and when they could not, told lies.

  3. Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. Good rule of thumb.

  4. Like the Congress you are missing important facts. Leaving out the millions of rounds purchased by the DEA, CIA and that ever popular LE agency The National Weather Service as though none of that counts. Leaving out the thousands of new FEMA, IRA and OBAMACARE NAVIGATOR AGENTS from the issue is a great disservice. As it ignoring more than 800 FEMA DETENTION CAMPS around the NATION.
    THESE ARE NOT MYTHS!