North Myrtle Beach, SC
reply to Blackbird
Re: DHS Prepares for Civil Unrest...
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Fort Wayne, IN
[H.A.S.C. No. 10842]
DoD SMALL-CALIBER AMMUNITION PROGRAMS AND THE ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIAL BASE
JUNE 24, 2004
STATEMENT OF MAJ. GEN. BUFORD C. BLOUNT III, ASSISTANT DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G3, UNITED STATES ARMY
... The Department of Defense requirement for small-caliber ammunition has grown from approximately 600 million rounds in 1999 to over 1.5 billion cartridges today. And over the next five years it is projected to grow to 1.7 billion rounds annually. ... Currently, we shoot 80 percent of our small-caliber ammunition on the training ranges and in live fire exercises.
So... running the math, and assuming current DoD ammo consumption to now be all the way up to his 1.7 billion rounds (of all types) per year, over 5 years that would add to 8.5 billion rounds, compared with presumed DHS consumption of up to 0.45 billion rounds for the same time span. That breaks down to a 1:19 ratio of comparison of DHS ammo consumption to that of the entire armed forces of the United States, currently engaged in an active combat zone. Maybe it's just me, but a domestic non-military Federal agency requiring over 5% of the ammunition demands of the entire US military (engaged in a period of active combat) seems more than a little "excessive".--
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reply to Name Game
said by Name Game:The .223 is offered in both AR15 and the H&K MP5s used by law enforcement.
... they're looking for up to 175 million rounds of .223 caliber ammo to be exact. The .223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.
I wouldn't try to interchange the cartridges, though. I don't know about the H&K, but the AR15s chambered for .223 won't safely shoot a 5.56 cartridge. "Multi" chambered AR15s will handle both.