Last March we found 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition slated for delivery to the Department of Homeland Service and its agencies.
Weeks later we found an additional request for 750 million rounds. The news wasn't reported much, though the order forms are still floating around.
It's not as demand for ammunition by the DHS is terribly new.
Manufacturer Winchester posted an award
to its site in 2009 agreeing to deliver 200 million rounds for the
agency over five years. But if that's accurate it's an additional order
that's still coming in on top of the others.
Major General Jerry Curry, (Ret) offered up a good point when the 750
million order became public last fall saying that number of bullets was
more than 10 times what U.S. troops used in a full year of Iraqi
Now that a new Department of Homeland Security order for another 200,000 hollow
points has been placed, we're curious to see what happens to that much
ammunition in 12 months. Knowing that DHS trains rural, regional, and
federal law enforcement at their Georgia training center, we took a look
online to see what programs they have requiring so much firepower.
The Firearms Division (FAD) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia is the biggest facility of its kind in the nation and has more than 88 instructors from several federal agencies.
Main firearm courses where some of those millions of bullets go: