DHS Purchases 21.6 Million More Rounds of Ammunition — WHY?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has engaged a contract to purchase an additional 21.6 MILLION rounds of small arms ammunition for the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (their auxiliary training point) in Artesia, New MexicoThe contract equates to 10 million rounds of 165-grain .40 caliber JHP, 10 million rounds of 115-grain 9mm JHP, and 1.6 million rounds of 9mm ball.

A DHS informant has already indicated that the United States is preparing for a massive amount of potential civil strife.

And further — lest you forget — the US DHS and ICE already secured a contract with ATK for half a BILLION small arms rounds in .40 caliber, April of 2012.

As I wrote:

Compare this to, for example, the war in Iraq. Where 5.5 million rounds per month were fired at its height. That equates to 66 million rounds per year in wartime. This then, further, equates to roughly seven years of war against US citizens at an “Iraq-type” expenditure.

Obama’s NDAA already exists. It is extant. And it doesn’t stand for the North Delaware Apartment Association. It stands for a diminishment of your civil liberties. It provides Mr Obama the power to detain Americans at will.

What is the further “logical extension”?

That is this: your federal government seems to be anticipating a MASSIVE shooting war against its own citizens.

I can feature no other reason for such a staggering purchase of handgun rounds by the federal government.

The bottom line is this: over the last 10 months, 1.625 BILLION rounds of ammunition have been ordered by DHS — your federal government.  Not state governments.  Not county governments.  Not city governments.

InfoWars indicates:

Such massive quantities of ammo purchases have stoked fears that the agency is preparing for some kind of domestic unrest. In 2011, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prepare for a mass influx of immigrants into the United States, calling for the plan to deal with the “shelter” and “processing” of large numbers of people.

Further, and perhaps more pointedly for me:

A study funded by the Department of Homeland Security that was leaked last year characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

That, essentially, quantifies ME and the bulk of my readers as terrorists.  Plain and simple.  I don’t know how to otherwise express this.

Since that time, I’ve been doing some serious cogitation on the issue.  I’ve been attempting to “connect the dots,” so to speak.

The ammunition upon which the topic is predicated deals with small arms.  Primarily popular calibers with both civilian and non-military law enforcement — to the tune of 9mm and .40 cal.

Conspicuously absent in these stories are the categories of .223 / 5.56 — .308 / 7.62.  Also absent are the “older” small arms rounds of .38 caliber, .357, .44 and .45 caliber.  The large current sniper round of .50 caliber was also excluded.

So I began to think.  Damn me for that.


These massive orders have been heretofore unplaced by the federal government for “civilian consumption.”  With some insight:

As Rangemaster for my 2,000+ deputy Western Fornicalia department, I quickly found myself slightly impacted when ordering ammunition back in the early 2000s.  The federal government was, obviously, fighting on fronts that demanded 9mm and .223.  I rapidly discovered that ammunition manufacturers didn’t run simultaneous lines of, say, .45 and 9mm and .40 and .223 and .308; oh no.  They ran one strict line of .45 caliber.  Then they changed dies and brass and ran another line of 9mm.  And so on.  It defied description and logic but it was what it was.  The military was the priority.

Knowing the patterns of ammunition manufacturers — and taking into consideration the MASSIVE federal ammunition orders — I can submit a conclusion that, now, to me, should have been glaringly-obvious many months ago.  And that is this:

The federal government out-thought both the law enforcement and the civilian aspect of ammunition importance.

When you place a priority order, everything else gets kicked aside.

– Minor LE gets kicked aside;
– Civilian orders get kicked aside;

To what end?  An end that I submit we all should have guessed and didn’t:

When massive priority federal orderings get made, that diminishes the availability of ammunition for the civilian and — also — the civilian law enforcement venue.

Plain and simple.

Ammunition is hard to get and order for average Americans.  Imagine that.

What no one else is telling you: civilian law enforcement is also finding it difficult to locate and order its ammunition.  Imagine that.

The federal government killing two birds with one stone: stocking up for itself; reducing rounds available for civilian “terrorists.”

You tell me:

Where am I wrong here?




16 thoughts on “DHS Purchases 21.6 Million More Rounds of Ammunition — WHY?

    • If the money is in your budget, you can spend it most any way you choose. DHS has apparently chosen to drain the ammunition available to purchase by citizens — to potentially be used against its citizens. A true win/win, as far as DC is concerned.


  1. I also have noticed this, as the price of ammo at gun shops and gun shows is higher for all the calibers.
    22 long rifle and even 22 magnum has jumped up in price.
    Walmart has always had the lowest retail price,but now their ammo cabinet is bare!
    Hmmmmmm,,,,, is this the quell before the stormtroopers????
    All of these Socialist actions is because of Obama.
    Presently, the Supreme Court is looking into the legality of Obama’s birth Certificate as presented, and his validity of being our current President.
    Wonder how this will end???

    • When items are scarce, prices rise. Supply and demand. Supply now low, because of massive federal purchasing.

      Purchasing, BTW, that was NOT made by the American military.

      Hell, the Navy can’t afford to re-fuel the USS Lincoln.


    • And the gun laws proposed in Fornicalia are indeed staggering, which I shall be covering shortly.

      Fornicalia has a Demorat Supermajority and there is no way that any kind of in-Legislature political process can stop them, absent a hue and cry from outside involving serious pressure.

      More insurance regulations AGAINST gun-owners forthcoming.


  2. I agree but I think more sinister plans are in place as well. 175 Million rounds of .223 is way more than was used in Iraq, as I remember. When the round up starts, it’s going to be face to face much more than long rifle style so hence, the need for more pistol rounds.

    This no longer gets any press and got little if any back in Feb 2012 when it came out.


    MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM THRESHOLDS: The contract or contracts for .223 Remington Caliber SD and .223 Remington Caliber EP Ammunition awarded under this solicitation will have a base period of one year, plus four one-year options. The maximum threshold throughout the 5-year duration of this requirement is 175,000,000 rounds. However, in the event of multiple awards of both requirements are made, the contract maximum will be evenly divided amongst awardees based on the type of ammunition provided. In the event that multiple awards for either the EP or the SD are made the maximum threshold will be evenly divided by the 10 million rounds of EP required over the next 5 years or the 165,000,000 rounds of SD required over the next 5 years whichever is applicable. The guaranteed minimum of any contract awarded is 10,000 rounds of ammunition and is applicable to the base year only.

  3. Trust me when I tell you that this is beginning to create quite a buzz in the law enforcement community, not only in Fornicalia with MY troops, but nationwide as well.

    The subject of outright confiscation is now a more common topic — as in the cops I speak to are OPPOSED.


  4. The cops involved (that is, the local, neighborhood types) KNOW that confiscation, unless done immediately with all weapons confiscated AT THE SAME TIME will result in long-term loss of personnel at the neighborhood level – then the regional level, and then the State level … because everyone being confronted will know where the guys doing the conficating live. And that, my friends. is not a threat. It is reality.

  5. I know this is unrelated, BZ, but I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you, in that tomorrow (the 11th) is the 4 year anniversary of your Dad’s passing. God Bless you. I appreciate your blog.

  6. Let’s keep this topic of gun confiscation alive in your future blogs. I am sure you will not drop it as it’s a big issue for everyone. You give the “insider” view and it is much appreciated.

  7. Hey, Homes!

    Imagine if all that ammo was shot in practice! My old pistol team heart beats pit-a-pat. Would that training budgets included more actual instruction instead of simply qualifying over and over. I hope many agencies are qualifiying more than twice a year. I hope training consists of more that being told what new way you can be found at fault. Don’t tell me because it no longer is any of my business.

    It’ll probably show up on an online ammo outlet for who knows how much.



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