posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 04:51 PM
I'll repeat and add to my original thought.
Yes there is some concern. It is ALOT of rounds even for training. You typically don't hear of federal departments needing or using that kind of
ammo. I am not excusing it, or saying there is not concern, but when you think about shooting needs and the price of copper and other metals going up,
it's not a bad idea to order in bulk, Yes, it could be because other "events" are anticipated, the worrld is going to hell in a handbasket and all
of us are entertaining our worst fears. But depending on those fears, it might be a good idea the govt has prepared. Just depends on your favorite
SHTF scenario. Is the ammo to be used against US civillians, or to protect us. No one knows.
Couple of training notes of interest I have picked up word of mouth from several police, security, and military officers I know; and my own limited
1. MOST departments train with the same ammo they use in the field. I know if you go to Wally Mart you can buy "training" ammo (which is usually
just FMJ) and you can buy "self defense" ammo, (which is usually some variety of hollow point). It's cheaper usually to shoot FMJ. So if you shoot
for fun and practice that makes sense. But an officer (especially if they are a designated marksman, entry team, hostage rescue, or other SWAT type
tactical team) needs the same consistancy everytime.
2. While hollow points DO expand and DO cause more damage, they are also LESS likely to go through the target and into someone else, or through a
wall, etc. This is a secondary reason MOST departments carry themm, and most civillians use them for self defense/concealed carry. Incidently hollow
points are also LESS likely to penetrate body armor.
3. The amount of shooting in a year varies. For some departments you may only qualify once a year. SO say 50 rounds. You might also practice with 50
rounds once a month, but again that depends. That's barely 600 rounds a year. BUT, a tactical team memeber might fire several hundred rounds a WEEK
in practice. Clearing rooms and shooting over some hostages shoulder into the head of the attacker thats using them as a human sheild takes an
incredible amount of skill (at least without hitting the hostage) and those types of shooting skills have to be maintained with constant practice.
SEAL TEAM six (DevGru) at one point shot more ammo in triaining then theh entire US Marines. Secret Service Agents on protective details get similar
training and practice, whear as FIsh and Wildlife probably practice once or twice a year.
So there is a logical explenation.
It is also scary........