Skip to comments.Proctor Chief Turns to Citizens During Ammo Shortage
Posted on 05/11/2013 6:04:45 AM PDT by voicereason
Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A nationwide ammunition shortage has police departments across the country counting their bullets. It's no different in Proctor, where the Chief says he was told he'd have to wait months, even a year to get more ammo.
"I was really surprised, let's just put it that way," said Chief Walt Wobig of the difficulty getting ammunition.
Woberg says that when he asked suppliers for the 1,000 rounds of ammo his officers needed for training, he was told he'd have to wait months.
"I go, 'Do you have 40caliber qualification rounds?' And they go, 'Well, no. It's going to take six to eight months [to get them],'" said Wobig of a conversation with a manufacturer.
Retailers say the nationwide shortage is due in part to people stockpiling ammunition in response to recently proposed gun legislation.
"It was getting a little short last fall, so they were already behind, but there definitely is panic," said Superior Shooters Supply owner, Pat Kukull of the shortage, "We've [the store] been here for 35 years and I've never seen anything like it."
With the Proctor Police Department in need of ammunition, the Chief sent out a call asking for help. Who answered? The very people his officers are sworn to protect.
"The citizens were like, 'If you need something, we got plenty here,'" said Wobig.
A citizen and a Proctor police officer loaned their personal ammunition to the Department, a total of 1,500 rounds. The Chief says others were willing to help too.
"I had several other calls from other citizens that said, 'Hey, if you need more ammunition we have plenty,'" said Woberg, "I know that if I need ammunition I have citizens out there that will gladly come forward."
The Chief says he still has ammunition on order and will be repaying the citizens for their contributions when the department is able to. He also sent in a request to Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar for help regarding their ammunition shortage.
Heck they’re never going to shoot you with that ammo......
The chances of me lending or selling ammo to someone who would have no qualms about killing my family or me “by accident” or by raiding the wrong address are zero.
I say, “ Go to the Feds and trade your balaclavas and armored vehicles for some .40 ammo, dumbass”
You can score the casing so that the load will separate easier and come out in one piece. YMMV
.40 Is not easy to find in my neck of the woods.
Not at a halfway decent price, anyway.
9mm is the wife’s.
Mine is .45 & .357.
Don’t shoot Grandpa’s 32-20 anymore (1934).
There are how-to videos on YouTube, slicing the cartridge almost all the way around in a spiral cut.
My 2 Kimber 1911 5” .45ACPs are for CCW; the pristine 1976 Colt Trooper MK III .357Mag is for the range or HD, and the G32/.357sig is now just a spare in the massive gunsafe.
Well, I heard the DHS is buying primers now. Since they don’t reload, that would indicate they are buying to drive up prices.