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
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.
Worked a similar job working on law enforcement vehicles. They seem to all like coming in with a bunch of their crap in the way of whatever I had to
work on. It got to the point I started telling them it's their crap, and if they want any work done they move move.
The breaking point that caused me to lose all Fs was when I had to do some routine maintenance on a prison bus, and there was feces everwhere. Dried
piss I'm used to (and for those who aren't familiar I'm not talking sticky dry. I'm talking so dry that it's dusty yellow particulates floating
through the air. So much so that when you remove an air filter yellow dust falls out), but friggin crap? Heck no.
They wanted to get a freebie cleaning out of the deal, and I told them nope. Straight up no. That if they wanted me to do what I had to do they were
either going to clean it themselves or find someone else to do it.
In the end they cleaned it. Prison buses are nasty yall.
Ammo is dry everywhere.
There's a few reasons.
It's common practice to replace old ammo with new ammo once a year, and that time is usually at the beginning of the year.
Anytime there is panic, people buy up ammo. It's one thing to buy all the TP and Lil Debbies, but the more logical members of the human species will
know they need something to protect themselves, their family, their buttwipes, and that cute little redhead.
Lastly, making ammo at home is a PITA. It takes forEVER. even with a good setup, I can only make so much in one sitting. So, I usually only did it
once a week until I had enough to blownoff at the range at the end of the month.
To make ammo, you have to have good cartridges, primers, the right powders, accurate scales, ideally a clean work area, and lastly the projectiles
Making the projectiles in my opinion is the slowest and biggest PITA. You gotta get the metals needed flux, a good melting pot, and the molds. Some
molds only make one or two molds at a time, but there are some that can make multiples, but you're lucky if all of them come out in good shape.
And that's if you know what you're doing and haven't screwed up making the powder.
So long story short. It's easier and in my opinion well worth the money just to buy it, and know that quality control means that 99.9% of my rounds
will pew pew when I need them too without putting all of the labor and headache into it.
Back to the OP.
The military is stockpiling ammunition. They always have. Probably not more than is usual if at all.
Are they buying up ammo from local gun stores? No. The military basically gets all ammo straight from the manufacturer. Well, by whatever contract it
is currently. I don't remember.
If anything local law enforcement officers are more likely to be buying up a bunch of ammo, but that's just because most LEOs are also people with
That, in addition to the hundreds if not thousands of individuals trying to shop at the same three of four (if your lucky) local gun shops probably
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