This Contract Is Not Taking Ammunition Away From Civilians

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 1 month ago

My last article on ammunition availability erupted in a flurry of controversial comments, and I’m not trying to repeat that here, but I’m glad to report that my local gun shop is now selling 5.56 mm ammunition (PMC) for nearly 50 cents per round, approximately what it was going for prior to the run on ammunition.  I can also find handgun ammunition (of any caliber) for the same prices I could before the run.  So this article confuses me a little.  But I wanted to call out one quote in particular.

Federal Premium Ammunition, a large manufacturer in Minnesota, said Homeland Security’s contract makes up a very small percentage of its total output and any talk about the federal government restricting availability is “false” and “baseless.”

“This contract is not taking ammunition away from civilians,” states a message on its website. “The current increase in demand is attributed to the civilian market.”

This denial is just wrong.  It may in fact be correct to say that the federal orders have had little effect on the market (a denial I also question because I think the effect is more than trivial), but to say that federal sales are “not taking away from civilians” is the baseless claim here.

Any assembly line tooled for making ammunition for federal agencies could be one that is tooled for making ammunition for civilians.  It’s simple.  If they weren’t selling to the federal government, they would have more to sell to us.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Federal is buffaloing you. The deciding factor is not mentioned. Number of employees and available time. Federal runs one caliber at a time, if they are working 24/7 producing .40, they are not working on any other caliber. Once the contracted for 40 is completed, rhey have a short down time while they change the tooling. Federal is almost a year behind in fulfilling the federal contracts it has. Remember, Clinton shut down all federal armories and ammo producers except for lake city. The plants were dismantled and tooling destroyed. Heck, 155mm is now coming from the nato ammo plant in guatemala. 5.56 from South Korea. The democrats want to move all ammo production outside the country so if the shtf, there will be no ammo available to the good guys. How hard would it be for cerberus under soros to shut down all ammo production it controls?

  • http://www.captainsjournal.com/ Herschel Smith

    Well yes, that’s what I said in the last paragraph. Time spent on making ammo for the feds is time not spent on making it for us. Case closed.


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