Skip to comments.DOD Ends Sale of Expended Military Brass to Remanufacturers
Posted on 03/17/2009 2:35:23 PM PDT by keep your powder dry
Now it has come clear...now we know what they intend to do.
It is an end-run around Congress. They don't need to try to ban guns--they don't need to fight a massive battle to attempt gun registration, or limit "assault" weapon sales.
Nope. All they have to do is limit the amount of ammunition available to the civilian market, and when bullets dry up, guns will be useless.
(Excerpt) Read more at theshootist.net ...
Apparently, this policy may be rescinded very shortly, per page 11 on this thread and some other comments that popped up today:
Or so I hope, anyway!
you should pass that info around a bit..
Just buy and stock - my dad uses those laser things to keep his scope and rifle in check ... no real need to shoot up what you have .... except in an emergency ...
“when bullets dry up, guns will be useless.”
Unlikely. The federal, state and local armories have bullets we can use.
Then we must be sure to use them for what they are intended for before we run out!
That statement grossly underestimates the resourcefulness of the average American conservative.
That is precisely why we are always counseled to purchase firearms in standard military calibers. The "boutique" calibers have their place, but aren't really the core point of having "regulated" militia capable of working together with common calibers. Firearms in 9mm, 45Auto, .223, .308 and 30-06. If you expect to have a chance to capture some 7.62x39, bring a rifle in that caliber too. A select few of us have rifles that chamber 50 BMG.
I agree. Bullets can be molded from wheel weights if you have the right molds. Primers are more of a problem. Ditto for powder. Home brew powder isn't likely to be as consistent in performance as the commercial product. When accuracy is paramount, you want all the ammo you're loading from the same can of powder for consistency. The bench rest accuracy fanatics even pay extra for "bench rest" primers that are manufactured for consistency of primers within a given lot as well.
The wording of the order says they have to shred the brass before it can be sold, not that it can’t be sold at all. That doesn’t mean that the brass can’t be melted and remade into raw brass for the extrusion of new casings. Yes, it does add a couple steps and a bit of expense to the whole process, some of which will be recouped when the price of raw brass drops because so much more will enter the supply chain. We’re ALREADY getting hosed hard on ammo prices right now, anyway. Some of that is attributed to the cost of raw metals. Assuming there is an actual withdrawal of US forces from abroad, the decline in use of ammo will ease the demand quite a bit, at least for a while.
Let’s not hit the ceiling over this just yet.
Regardless, in the end, the ammo will cost more than it would have without this action. In the meantime, the action is slowing the arming up and provisioning of the militia, which senses trouble ahead.
The taxpayers will also have a net loss, since they will have to pay for the shredding (it likely won't be cost effective for the purchasers to do so being only able to charge scrap metal prices for the stuff once it's shredded), and will only get scrap metal prices, which are much less than once fired brass prices.
A couple of local custom loaders around here haven’t heard about this, but after I called them they got very nervous.
Apparently (at least according to the folks over on AR15.com) this has been resolved, anyway. Fired brass .50BMG and under has been reclassed to code Q, meaning that it can once again be sold without crushing/shredding/demilling.
Problem apparently now resolved.