While most Americans are being dealt blow after blow of arctic temperatures, and the White House blows $12,000 of taxpayer money on the Mrs. Obama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently placed a solicitation for millions of rounds of .45 Auto ammunition, with an upper limit not to exceed $12,000,000 dollars and a minimum of $20,000.
Yet, does America really have 12 million dollars to spend on excess ammo?
The FBI is seeking a supplier to supply ammunition based on the following criteria, abbreviated for space:
Frangible – The Frangible projectile shall contain less than 1% lead. It shall break apart when impacting steel with a minimum thickness of 1/4”. The projectile shall not exhibit a hollow point.
The FBI requests that the supplier enter into a five-year contract, with a base year and four, one year extensions.
Within the Statement of Work, all pricing is listed as “x 1,000,000”, giving the estimated total amount of requested ammunition as 4 million rounds over the next 5 years.
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Recent Government Ammunition Purchases
The FBI is not alone in these large purchases. Since the start of the Obama Administration, Government agencies have broken new records in the purchase of firearms and ammunition, and this action has fueled concerns not only in the average American, but is also raising eyebrows in Congress.
- Sniper Ammunition: Homeland Security Revives The Purchases
- Going Postal: The Post Office wants ammunition after Senator’s proposal
- 4 Million Rounds Of Ammunition A Year For An Agency That Won’t Enforce Immigration Law
No one can fault the FBI’s need to purchase ammunition for training and for service. The issue lies in the “one-shot” quantitiy that is being requested and, further, the costs.
It has been frequently seen that the Government will pay a premium price, when a discount is available. The average citizen depends on bargains and coupons to make their incomes stretch. We just want the Government to live within their means, and be better stewards of the public coffers.
Perhaps being smarter in the ammunition purchases will demonstrate that devotion to duty.
This article first appeared here at Prepper Podcast Radio Network. James is a father of four and grandfather to four. He and his wife of almost 30 years have been prepping since 2003. They live in a small town, with neighbors as close as 10 feet away and have raised chickens for 2 years covertly on less than 1/5 of an acre. He is a former corrections officer, insurance fraud investigator, and he served in the Navy for 6 years. He currently works for a corporation dealing with the disabled population and their benefits. He is the host of The Covert Prepper show and the Prepper Podcast Radio Network News, both heard on Blogtalk Radio.