Bob Owens

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Is military brass illegally being destroyed to sabotage the civilian ammo market?

Written By: Bob - Jan• 25•13

Obama long ago pledged to Sarah Brady that he would do things “under the radar” to stop Americans from getting guns. David Codrea, one of the hard-nosed news reporters that broke the Fast and Furious scandal, suggests that the Administration may be behind a plot to destroy used military cartridge brass that forms a key component of the civilian ammunition reloading industry.

Reloaded ammunition uses new bullets, powder, and primers, but uses once-fired brass cases often purchased from military and police ranges. The brass case is the most expensive part of a cartridge, and reselling the cases is profitable for the government.

By destroying cases as they have been at Fort Drum, they reduce the value of the brass substantially 80-percent down to it’s scrap metal cost, are intentionally wasting taxpayer dollars, and are in violation of the Defense Appropriations Act.

Base commanders should be called forward to testify and explain why they are violating federal law.

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  1. NYPatriot says:

    ….. anyone not already armed, stocked, and fitout are going to be increasingly screwed as they try to get prepared. Not by only Federal tactics like this one, but also buy the gun an ammo runs like the current one.

    And guns and ammo are the easy part …. for those currently sitting behind enemy lines in the Blue Empire, and are looking for salvation elsewhere, they need a redoubt – land, housing, stocked food supplies, etc. There is also a “land and farm” run going on all over the country.

  2. Chris says:

    There doesn’t seem to be a brass shortage just yet. Interestingly enough that’s the one thing my hand losing friends can buy right now. Current shortage is a manufacturing shortage. Once it’s on the shelves it’s sold.

    But if they are destroying perfectly fine brass that will hurt supply down the road for sure. And shouldn’t the environuts be outraged the government isn’t recycling?

  3. Klingonwork says:

    You got that right NYPatriot,here in L.A., 2 months ago! you could still get thousand rounds of .556 for under 300, 1k rounds of reloads on sale 250…just went to a parking lot sale opening at 9 last week, getting there at 5:30 (still dark) already a line…name brands 1k rounds just under $1k. Pressing my own soon.

    On previous posts, I stated a family member said no problem I’ll just come to your house. Not gonna happen. If you need to come to me for protection, this member 1.5 hrs away…they are not gonna make it. Started warning them 3 years ago, sending hyperlinks of sales throughout SoCal…they proscrastinated and lost. Any retail here sold out within hours of getting stock. Son and I already have exit plan. We ALL need to work on drone “nuetralization” measures. Didn’t put on fatigues and offer my life 42 yrs ago for this krap…Captain John Parker lives on.

    Not one more inch

    Molon Labe

  4. Bill says:

    So any metalurgists out there know if there’s an alternative?

    • Advo says:

      I don’t think the problem is either the metallurgy or the metal supply. I think it’s the fact that the military brass was already fabricated. Many metals can be used for bullet casing, but drawing the tubing to the correct dimension and forming the base is expensive.

  5. Mark says:

    Good find. I’m sure this is just the tip of the “under the radar” iceberg though. They are a determined bunch. The question is are we more determined. Thanks Bob for continuing to light the lamps.

  6. Clark Griswald says:

    Kind of late to this party but it seems to me that if you are paying attention; the conclusion has to be that all of what we are seeing is our elite Government leaders prepping the battlefield. Information, propaganda, legislation, technology, supplies, command, control, and communications. Wonder who they think they need to fight?

  7. Thomas says:

    Central NYer here, Its getting bad. Most stores are refusing to stock 7.62×39 or 5.56. The ones that do only get a few boxes a week. And to top it off the few gun stores that carried stuff other than single shot rifles are pulling up stakes and leaving. If you didnt have a solid kit before this went down your SOL here. Pray for us brothers, its going down.

    • Gus says:

      I was on the Cabella’s website and they no longer list .223/5.56 or 7.62×39. I found that it was odd that they still had 5.45×39 though.

  8. Michael says:

    Doesn’t this go beyond defending the right to bear arms and cross into “expecting the taxpayer to help underwrite the civilian ammunition reloading industry?”

    Certainly there’s no reading of the Constitution that says we need to help pay for your avocation, is there?

    • Sixtigers says:

      Isn’t that a ridiculous argument to make? Would it not make sense–in an economy such as ours–for the government to make 80% more on what is essentially a waste item? Regardless of your political leaning, isn’t that just sound financial sense?

      • Michael says:

        Bob made the argument that the government was hurting the civilian reloading industry, not I. Take your beef up with him.

      • Larry says:

        Michael, Bob also pointed out that the government is wasting taxpayer dollars by pissing away 80% of the value of the used brass by destroying it. Take your beef up with him. But why should taxpayers put up with that kind of financial idiocy? Maybe you’d prefer they buried the ruined brass in a giant hole in the ground so they don’t also “underwrite” the scrap metal industry?

  9. Comrade X says:

    Massachusetts State House Firearms Rally 1/19/2013 – Amazing Chinese-American Perspective!

  10. Comrade X says:

    “Come and Take It,” the song that has rallied gun owners with its remember-the-Alamo-like message, now has an accompanying music video with a special message for Barack Obama and members of Congress….

  11. Ouroboros says:

    Machine gun fire from military helicopters flying over downtown Miami Fl.