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Is the US Military stockpiling ammunition amid the coronavirus scare?

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posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 07:54 PM
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Calling all ATSers who have better resources and connections than I. Recently I have heard rumors and whispers that stores like Academy will not replenish their ammunition stock for at least six months. According to the people behind the counter it is because "the ammo will only be provided to the military."

Obviously I don't have supporting links. I couldn't imagine such a thing being widely advertised.

There has been so much misinformation, disinformation, and lack of information. Many rumors that otherwise sound outlandish turned out to be true. Many rumors obviously turned out to be false. That is why I'm counting on all you ATSers whom I read on a regular basis to help. Many of you are very esteemed individuals in the real world.




posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 07:57 PM
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a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

Contingency planning. Might be nothing. Might be at war with China.

Armies tend to always stockpile ammo. National crisis = a good reason to do some more stockpiling.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:02 PM
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a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

Consumers sure are stockpiling. The ammo shelves at Cabelas and Walmart are almost bare.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:07 PM
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a reply to: filthyphilanthropist
If I remember correctly all the federal agencies bought enough ammo to shot every person 10x over, along with the building of FEMA camps and truck loads of caskets.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:16 PM
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a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

It's the military. I'm confident they're loaded to the gills with goodies that go BOOM! and POW!

Thanks for making me laugh though.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:22 PM
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originally posted by: Creep Thumper
a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

It's the military. I'm confident they're loaded to the gills with goodies that go BOOM! and POW!

Thanks for making me laugh though.
Thank you for saying, what little I had to say for me.

edit on 20-3-2020 by BlueJacket because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:27 PM
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a reply to: carewemust

I realize that. The guys at Academy said that after all the ammunition is gone from the shelves they won't be able to restock for several months because the military is taking it all.

I'm seeking assistance in verifying or debunking these claims. On many subjects I am nowhere near resourceful as many members on ATS.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:28 PM
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According to the people behind the counter it is because "the ammo will only be provided to the military."


So they’re openly telling people that in store but everybody is keeping mum other than the usual knowing a guy who knows a guy who heard something?

Seems unlikely. My local Academy is wide open and one of the managers told me they’ve been told they have no intention of closing anytime soon because of how much business they’re getting in all things firearms. They’re still taking delivery as of, literally, tonight.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:32 PM
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a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

Just rumors, everything is back ordered. I went to buy a switch and some other stuff for my kids, back ordered.

The military does not need to seize civilian ammunition supplies to prepare, if they did, they would not be a very competent or prepared fighting force.

What are they going to do, shoot the virus? Kill people? No, just no, this isn’t a movie or video game. These people live in these areas too.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:39 PM
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a reply to: Creep Thumper

Obviously the military is loaded with all things, well, military. However, it wouldn't be the first time in somewhat recent years they went on an enormous ammo grab.

If there were an imminent threat of attack or war involving the United States from a powerful enemy like China for example, then wouldn't they prepare by stockpiling more and more and more?

I'm not claiming that they are doing this, and I'm not claiming there is an imminent threat. I am asking for help in verifying or debunking these rumors.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 08:56 PM
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a reply to: JON666

Yep. Now you just need to convince the military they need to shoot american citizens who fail to comply with being rounded up into camps, which even the dumbest idiot in the military would see right through. Not happening.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 09:09 PM
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Interesting you bring this up.
Last night, I made a last minute run down to a large sporting goods/outdoor store.
As I pulled in, 15 minutes before they closed, I noticed a store clerk helping load 4 cases of what appeared to be ammo into the back of what was quite obviously an unmarked state patrol Tahoe.

Not trying to be alarmist, and can’t even guarantee it was in fact ammo, but I know a case of ammo when I see it.

Until I saw this thread, I hadn’t given it a second though.
edit on 20-3-2020 by Oaktree because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 09:09 PM
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WARNORD orders were signed Feb 1 2020



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 09:31 PM
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originally posted by: Oaktree
Interesting you bring this up.
Last night, I made a last minute run down to a large sporting goods/outdoor store.
As I pulled in, 15 minutes before they closed, I noticed a store clerk helping load 4 cases of what appeared to be ammo into the back of what was quite obviously an unmarked state patrol Tahoe.

Not trying to be alarmist, and can’t even guarantee it was in fact ammo, but I know a case of ammo when I see it.

Until I saw this thread, I hadn’t given it a second though.


State police are not the military.

State police are also sometimes whack.

I worked at a Ford dealership once and a state trooper had a recall I needed to do which required me going into the trunk to replace a fuel pump module.

To do that in this case I had to remove 1,000 rounds of 12 gauge tactical rounds, 3,500 rounds of .223, 750 rounds of .308 armor piercing rounds and an assortment of 9 mil rounds.

I noticed when I took the vehicle out for a drive after that he was a BIG fan of the Walking Dead... he had a collection of DVD's.

It could very well be the local police overbuying in a panic.... not the military at all.




posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 09:32 PM
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originally posted by: drewlander
a reply to: JON666

Yep. Now you just need to convince the military they need to shoot american citizens who fail to comply with being rounded up into camps, which even the dumbest idiot in the military would see right through. Not happening.


What if they have to go full on marshal law to keep everyone quarantined in their home and to keep order when food riots begin in the big cities and when this thing hits the homeless populations of the east,south,and west coasts.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 09:41 PM
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originally posted by: Creep Thumper
a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

It's the military. I'm confident they're loaded to the gills with goodies that go BOOM! and POW!

Thanks for making me laugh though.


I wouldn't stay near those ammo stockpiles. Its unhygienic and could be infected plus when military starts getting infect someone probably going to light it and boom. Just like Halifax explosion.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 10:04 PM
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originally posted by: Lumenari

originally posted by: Oaktree
Interesting you bring this up.
Last night, I made a last minute run down to a large sporting goods/outdoor store.
As I pulled in, 15 minutes before they closed, I noticed a store clerk helping load 4 cases of what appeared to be ammo into the back of what was quite obviously an unmarked state patrol Tahoe.

Not trying to be alarmist, and can’t even guarantee it was in fact ammo, but I know a case of ammo when I see it.

Until I saw this thread, I hadn’t given it a second though.


State police are not the military.

State police are also sometimes whack.

I worked at a Ford dealership once and a state trooper had a recall I needed to do which required me going into the trunk to replace a fuel pump module.

To do that in this case I had to remove 1,000 rounds of 12 gauge tactical rounds, 3,500 rounds of .223, 750 rounds of .308 armor piercing rounds and an assortment of 9 mil rounds.

I noticed when I took the vehicle out for a drive after that he was a BIG fan of the Walking Dead... he had a collection of DVD's.

It could very well be the local police overbuying in a panic.... not the military at all.



I know they aren’t military, I’m just stating what I saw.
No more, no less.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 10:07 PM
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I do all sorts of work at a machine shop, up in Canada, , I did a delivery drop off , I was told by SavageArms had sold all ammo , shotgun and rifles to the US states and went from 10% to 200% overnight with now ammunition being on back order as terms as "how busy"



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 10:20 PM
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originally posted by: makemap

originally posted by: Creep Thumper
a reply to: filthyphilanthropist

It's the military. I'm confident they're loaded to the gills with goodies that go BOOM! and POW!

Thanks for making me laugh though.


I wouldn't stay near those ammo stockpiles. Its unhygienic and could be infected plus when military starts getting infect someone probably going to light it and boom. Just like Halifax explosion.


I was at Fort Mac in the 80's. Huge depot for all kinds of goodies.

You don't think about it. You focus on the mission.



posted on Mar, 20 2020 @ 10:21 PM
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we have bene stockpiling ammo since about 2002, war in multiple nations, many more anti-terror actions occurring we burn a lot of ammo on any given day.



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