U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase.

The U.S. Postal Service is currently seeking companies that can provide “assorted small arms ammunition” in the near future.

The U.S. Postal Service joins the long list of non-military federal agencies purchasing large amounts of ammunition.

On Jan. 31, the USPS Supplies and Services Purchasing Office posted a notice on theFederal Business Opportunities websiteasking contractors to register with USPS as potential ammunition suppliers for a variety of cartridges.

“The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition,” the notice reads, which also mentioned a deadline of Feb. 10.

The Post Office published the notice just two days after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his proposal to remove a federal gun ban that prevents lawful concealed carry holders from carrying handguns inside post offices across the country.

Ironically the Postal Service isn’t the first non-law enforcement agency seeking firearms and ammunition.

Since 2001, the U.S. Dept. of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Education Dept. has spent over $80,000 so far on Glock pistols and over $17,000 on Remington shotguns.

Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also purchased 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.

NOAA spokesperson Scott Smullen responded to concerns over the weather service purchase by stating that it was meant for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement for its bi-annual “target qualifications and training.”

That seems excessive considering that JHP ammunition is typically several times more expensive than practice rounds, which can usually be found in equivalent power loadings and thus offer similar recoil characteristics as duty rounds.

Including mass purchases by the Dept. of Homeland Security, non-military federal agencies combined have purchased an estimated amount of over two billion rounds of ammunition in the past two years.

Additionally, the U.S. Army bought almost 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines last fall, enough to hold nearly 18,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo which is not standard-issue for either the U.S. military or even NATO.

It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines.

A month prior, the army purchased nearly 3,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo, a huge amount but still only 1/6th of what the magazines purchased can hold in total.

The Feds have also spent millions on riot control measures in addition to the ammo acquisitions.

Earlier this month, Homeland Security spent over $58 million on hiring security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland.

DHS also spent $80 million on armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and sought even more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While the government gears up for civil unrest and stockpiles ammo without limit, private gun owners on the other hand are finding ammunition shelves empty at gun stores across America,including shortages of once-common cartridges such as .22 Long Rifle.

11 Responses to U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase.

  1. Dale A. Wellman says:

    From what I have read our “leaders” say “there will be no more ground wars”. Since this is our leaders “reality” they say: ” we do not need trained United States military personnel or equipment for a ground war”. Budget cuts seem to be aimed at this aspect of our fighting force. I relate this to our Executive Branch with its regulatory agents being equipped and trained for urban (ground war) style fighting. I am not a military historian or have any military experience. I just think: this is preparation by the Executive Branch to insure these regulatory agents will not be contested.

    • Joseph Dalrymple says:

      Always be aware of what is going on. Many say that the military will not stand and fight US Citizens; with that there’s dramatic spending cuts for military. Additionally, concerns of abuse by “Peace” Officers are becoming prominent. With law enforcement officers refusing to think twice about their own actions, it is no wonder that Obama wants to shift all major funds within DHS from Military to Civilian Policing Forces. Remember his desires back in the mid to late 00’s? To create a Civilian Policing Force just as armed and well equipped as our military was at the time. What do you think is happening? For some reason, the people cheering after he said that couldn’t possibly understand the implications of something like this. We’ll soon see what hell on earth is like… Regardless of whether or not people stand up and fight or the whole nation just lets the gov’t do what they want… Regardless of that, millions are about to suffer.

  2. Linda says:

    Just what we need, more weapons for kooks!

  3. Tom says:

    It doesn’t take much thinking to understand what is going on. All bama and cronies have to do is take the arms and ammo from all those govt agencies that have no real need for them and then give them to his special groups, FEMA and The IRS when he starts to disarm ALL America Citizens.

  4. Matthew LeBaron says:

    Folks these numbers and prices may seem extreme to the average person but from a gov’t employee they aren’t. You aren’t considering the number of officers who need to be recertified and take practice for NOAA not to mention the other departments. And as far as finding cheaper less expensive loads than the hollow points? They aren’t the same, you learn this on every sports field, locker room, and shooting club… you practice what you shoot with…. or what you do in practice you do on the field, Same concept.

  5. Coalinga says:

    The Department of Education doesn’t need any guns or ammo, period! What would they do with guns, hand them out to college rapists? Create a Teen-pregnancy-prevention police force? Purge Special Education? Their Secretary is a schizoid rat who should’ve played euthanasia, which makes sense…

  6. Paul Leatherman says:

    If your Dr ask you about how many guns you have in conversation or any one else ask it might be best to say don’t have any of those when it hits your medical record do you think it just stays hiddin. Also what ever you show on the net guess who is watching and loving to keep track of all your fancy guns. BiggerHammer

  7. MrNoName says:

    The world we know is going to hell, and Ohbummer appears to be driving the short bus. I grew up shooting (miss my grand-dad’s .303 Enfield! Loved that gun!), but now can’t own a gun, thanks to a felony from almost 25 years ago. Need to protect my family, though, which is why I have been collecting swords, knives, axes, etc for years. Need to pick up a new crossbow, though…

  8. Caleb says:

    Federal government hoarding ammo is nothing new but this rampant amount exceeds proper limits. Especially when DHS gets over 3 million .223 rounds and say its normal due to heightened threats. Once again government is heavily armed to the teeth but for the average American left exposed to the elements without proper protection because of gun control. Tyranny is here.

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