Skip to comments.Border Patrol Now Experiencing an Ammunition Shortage
Posted on 04/05/2013 6:22:08 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
Despite the Department of Homeland Security recently putting in orders to purchase billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition for a purpose of what officials say is target practice, training and quarterly qualifications, Border Patrol agents were told yesterday afternoon that they will not be issued any new proficiency ammunition for next quarter.
Due to budget concerns and ammunition availability, we will not be getting issued any proficiency ammunition for next quarter. In addition to these reductions, we are also being limited to qualification ammo only. What this means to you is that you will not receive the normal 150 rounds for practice and we will not have any extra ammunition for a combat course following normal qualifications.
If you have the ammunition available and would like extra practice during your qualification day, the firearms instructors will have a training course available for Indio Station Personnel, keeping in mind basic marksmanship skills as well as tactical training with a limited amount of ammunition. You are not required to bring your own ammunition.
If you do not have extra ammo to bring, you will be given extra time to clean and maintain your issued handgun as well as station long arms.
If you have any questions about this quarters quals please feel free to send me your concerns.
According to information obtained and published by Senator Tom Coburn, Customs and Border Protection [CBP] purchased 36,475,000 rounds of ammunition at a cost of $12,255,040 for fiscal year 2012. CBP plans to purchase more for fiscal year 2013 at a cost of $12,528,146. In total, DHS plans to spend $37,263,698 on ammunition for all sub-agencies this year. As of November, 20, 2012, CBP had 94,404,329 rounds of ammunition in its inventory. DHS had 263,733,362 rounds available.
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How can they run out of ammo? They sure as hell aren’t shooting illegals.
“What difference does it make?”
Its not like they’re allowed to fire their weapons anyway.
Tell some of those uneducated government progressive bimbos currently screwing up everything they touch to give us some of that ammunition.
Federal government agents won’t be issued ammunition, because there is a shortage, because the federal government has already bought it all and a lot of future production too. Are we supposed to believe this?
Government really is exactly like the cows in Pharaoh’s dream - the more they consume the skinnier they get.
Can we at least say bang bang when we practice?? he asked.
Ammo Shortage? Must be a shortage of beans to stuff the bean bags they were issuing for the bean bag guns.
Fast & Furious has evolved into Slow & Mildly Disappointed.
Ya’ mean that the billions and billions of rounds of ammo set aside to shoot us Americans has not been sent down to the Border Patrol? Is this insanity or what!
Maybe the IRS and Homeland Security don’t need the tanks, bazookas, flame throwers, machine guns, bombs, and bullets that Obozo’s handlers have stashed away for the assault on Americans. Howz’ ‘bout sending some down to the borders?
Is this crazy or what? Our generals are not getting promoted if they refuse to kill unarmed American citizens on American soil, but the border patrol can’t get ammo to defend us from illegal aliens. Insanity!
Maybe the only group getting ammo is the secret service protecting his Maximum Eminence?
The only people this was intended for was the new wave of illegals that is not being reported since the Gang of 8 started their amnesty bullcrap. Now they know the BP will not even be able to fire back.
George Soros must have told Obama he could use taxpayer funds to corner the market on ammo. Nappy probably has DHS and ATF destroying all the rounds they bought.
I had a thought. Covert arms shippments to Syrian rebels. The money hidden under Homeland Security.
BPatrol- I’m all out of Bean Bags, what’s gonna Save Us Now?
send john f’n kerry to the store...
“can I get muh some ammo here?”
let them use spitwads!
Not to mention this indicates Napolitano outright lied to Congress. If the ammo purchases were for legitimate training and/or arming of agents, this story wouldn’t have ever been written.
So-called Homeland Security decides who gets ammo and who doesn’t. This is the slippery slope to gun control.
What do they NEED ammo for? Do they shoot anybody? Send them out there with sticks. They’ll be just as useful.
DHS hasn't ordered billions of rounds of ammunition and they have no plans to do so.
Of the thousands of articles, blog posts, and FR posts on this, all but basically two of them have been completely wrong. I can't emphasize this enough. The thousands of false articles and posts have created an alternate reality which is impossible to combat.
DHS hasn't been stockpiling; they've been reducing their ammunition purchases.
You can actually get pretty darn good practice dry firing. Get a cheap boresighter laser (not worth a darn for boresighting, but great for this). Aim your empty handgun at a spot on the wall and pull the trigger and pull the trigger and pull the trigger...
When the laser dot doesn’t move at all thru the trigger pull, you’ve finally got a good trigger press down, at least on that gun.
Then keep practicing, or you’ll lose it.
Yep. Hey, does anybody have a “Hit and Run Tactics to Combat DHS MRAPs” manual?
What is that really a picture of?
LOL that’s a complete non-sequitor.
They want the border open, to allow in more “unregistered Democrats.”
They want the ammo for the HSI/SRT, for future confiscation raids.
The Great DHS Ammunition Stockpile Myth
What libs find impossible to wrap their minds around is that it's impossible to control guns in the US. There are just too many to ever eliminate. They might as well try passing laws against earthquakes and hurricanes.
Documentation File on the negative impact of the Obamanation Counterculture on America.
Border Patrol falls under DHS. So, um, were are all those billions of rounds they purchased? No quarterly qual fire means you’re not qualified to carry weapons. That means you’re off the line. All by design?
It's supposed to be a government warehouse in "Raiders of the Lost Arc". It's a joke.
How many bullets do they need to shoot Mexicans?
The article says they will have( just )enough for qual
Or it's being transferred to the Mexican cartels in exchange for "donations" to the DNC. I lived in Chicago long enough to see this as a distinct possibility.
Why does the gov’t need hollow point ammo for target practice and qualifying tests?
There isn’t a shortage. DHS is simply stocking up and not letting it go.
They were only receiving 150 rounds per quarter not per month. Fortunately most agents maintain their own stockpile in reserve because they know that DHS can't be trusted to have their back.
oh this is nothing , we gave a lot of guns and ammo to the cartels and the Govt keeps over a billion and a half for itself and that;s all what counts.
Well OK the white house being closed for Michelle bama and her freeloading family can have their parties, concerts, cocktails and celebrations in our house also counts as priority
protecting the white house from school kids being allowed in , I mean how dare the public go in our own house which we pay for while the obama’s royal family have their parties you know.
The answers would be good for all to hear.
They train with what they duty carry. Back when they caried 357s the DOJ tried to save money by only purchasing 38 wad cutters for quals and proficiency. At then end of the qual they would give you 5 actual 357 rounds to shoot.
Needles to say the performance of the 38 wad cutters vs the 357 was completely different rendering the qualifications useless.
Well according to this article Border Patrol has around 94,000,000 rounds. We were burning through about 55 million per month in Iraq in a hot war so unless they are planning on killing a chitload of illegals 94 million rounds should be plenty.