posted on Jan, 11 2004 @ 04:21 PM
The US Military is running out of small-arms ammunition.
Unlike the consumer market, where ammo is easily obtained from many manufacturers, the military's ammo is all manufactured at one plant. Currently
that plant is running 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, and they're still not able to keep up with demand for 5.56 mm rifle rounds, 7.62 mm and .50
caliber machine gun ammunition, and 9 mm pistol rounds.
Producing four million rounds a day, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant is running at capacity. Because they're unable to produce the needed
rounds, two additional production contracts were awarded last month to Olin Winchester and Israeli Military Industries. Production is set to begin in
June, providing 70 million rifle rounds each month. These contracts represent a rare foray into the recreational and overseas sectors for military
Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are given priority when it comes to ammo supplies, leaving stateside troops to struggle when it comes to battlefield