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DHS Agencies To Buy Up To 7,000 New 5.56x45mm NATO 'Personal Defense Weapons'

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The behemoth Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking up to 7,000 select fire (meaning that they are capable of both semi-automatic and automatic fire) 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDWs) on top of the hundreds of millions of hollow point rounds they recently acquired.

Unfortunately, the reason for both of these major purchases and the continuing heavy armament of DHS agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to go unexplained.

The newest weapons order – which was originally posted on June 7, 2012 and has a response date of July 9, 2012 – is for so-called personal defense weapons which would be used in close quarters combat situations when maximum concealment is required.

I find that last part quite interesting, as requiring maximum concealment for a 5.56x45mm NATO weapon is not really a run-of-the-mill request.

Each prospective vendor has been asked to provide to the DHS their weapons, which will be tested at the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU) in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which is run by ICE.

The DHS solicitation (PDF) says that each vendor is to provide, “Only one specific nomenclature firearm … for solicitation testing [to be] considered for contract award.”

It is also interesting that the solicitation specifically states that, “The awardee or awardees of the subject contract agrees to allow DHS to release testing data of their firearm samples to Federal agencies, Military, and law enforcement.”

The solicitation also specifies that the guns will be quite small for a rifle at a mere 30 inches or less with the stock fully extended and 20 inches or less with the stock fully retracted or folded.

They also specify that the barrel must come equipped with a flash suppressor and/or muzzle brake, noting, “The muzzle device will be rated on its ability to reduce muzzle signature.”

Furthermore, they state that every firearm will be tested with a whopping 4,000 rounds, meaning that 28,000 rounds will be spent just testing the firearms before they are put into service.

If the guns pass that test, three samples will be tested with an additional 3,500 rounds per firearm while the guns will also be tested for resilience in high temperature, low temperature, salt water immersion, sand and dust and drop conditions.

At the time of writing the contractors who have expressed interest are Ohio-based Ares, Inc., Florida-based Material Integration, Inc., and Virginia-based FNH USA, LLC.

Unfortunately, the information we have on the actual reason behind these large procurements is non-existent.

If we can take the DHS’s history with the refusal to explain the reason why they need hundreds of millions of hollow point bullets, it is safe to say that they will likely thwart any attempt to get them to explain why they need these thousands of firearms as well.

Personally, I find this quite sickening in a time when our national debt – against which the American taxpayer is being used as collateral – is rising to unimaginable heights.

With the levels of debt we have right now and no cutbacks in government spending in sight, I seriously doubt that we will ever realistically be able to pay back these ludicrously massive sums of money.

Yet the government continues to spend like there’s no tomorrow between hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, thousands of new weapons and even hundreds of millions on drones we don’t even use because they don’t work (see below).

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Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. Madison also now has his own radio show on Orion Talk Radio from 8 pm — 10 pm Pacific, which you can find HERE.  If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at [email protected]



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    • Anonymous

      Kinda dumb as there already exists an AR15 carbine with aftermarket lowers that are fully auto. Beyond that, it’s typical of DOD to send updated RFPs out to increase competition among vendors. That’s how the PT92 was changed out. Sure it might be fun to toss about conspiracy thoughts but I’m not seeing anything special here.

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    • Oldpuppymax

      The 5.56 is an ammo upgrade from the .223 round. It boasts somewhat more durable brass capable of a hotter load. The weapons fire only a .22 caliber round, but at very high velocity. Many AR-15s use the 5.56 round. Darned good rifles. Very dependable and CERTAINLY not cheap when the best are needed. And depend on Napolitano to order the best as it is not HER money.

    • Anonymous

      WHAT?? If we don’t flirt back after they crab our crotches, we get 8 rapid fire rounds of dependable ’5.56′ mm firepower for our inconsideration of a pack of molesters who as yet have not grabbed a single terrorist but have grabbed millions of crotches and made millions of videos to appreciate the moments. America is the biggest pack of drooling stupid basket cases in the history of the world.

    • Anonymous

      within 3 days after you die, you visit places you love. then you go through 20 ordeals to see if you go to heaven. if you pass all 20, you’ll go to heaven. regardless, you’ll be shown heaven and hell. all this occurs within 40 days of death. most people fail to pass heresy ordeal. a buddhist who led a nice life can’t pass it and goes to hell. reincarnation is a lie. dreams are from the devil most of the time. don’t believe in dreams. we believe that aborted babies go to hell for 33 years. any unrepented sin leads to hell. antichrist rules from jerusalem. euro is his currency. demons fly in ufo ships. no aliens exist. nobody lives on other planets. 666 tattoo by lasers is given when people stretch hands to receive small grey plastic world passport. police will laser people on the highways. food stores will be set up to laser people too. rfid chips and electronic tattoos are used to track people to laser them. unforgivable sins are: suicide, worship of antichrist, and 666 tattoo by lasers. pray to Jesus to save you from hell.

    • Duane Graham ~ EarthWalker

      If these are the rounds See Picture Above) being purchased… This is more serious than you think…. These are not hollow points… they are called perpetrator rounds for personnel and light armor.

      M855 Ball Cartridge. Green Bullet tip for use against personnel and light armor.
      Scroll Down for Information

    • Anonymous

      It has been found that many of the electronic devices sold to our military by China, are defective and/or fake. Also, since Bill Clinton allowed our computer technology to be sold to China, they have been hacking our personal, business and military systems for years.
      Think of the drone gently brought down in Iran and given to China. Think of the “accidents” involving our military drones and planes. Think of the accidents involving cranes made in China.
      We are idiots to allow an enemy full access to all of our infrastructure.

    • Anonymous

      This is a non-story. I’d be a lot more worried if they were procuring concealable semi-auto shotguns. 7000 isn’t even a drop in the bucket for what they’d need to do anything of consequence.
      Thankfully they’re sticking with the 5.56 x 45mm round. That will at least make them use up 5-7 rounds to kill one person. Glad they didn’t order 7.62x51mm PDWs.

      @Oldpuppymax: It isn’t really an upgrade. The SAAMI specs for the 5.56 x45 differ primarily in the overall length (OAL) of the round. This is also why you can fire .223 Rem in a 5.56×45 chamber but not a 5.56×45 in a .223 Rem chamber. The 5.56 is longer and in a .223 Rem chamber it actually engages the rifling prior to being fired. This causes the chamber pressure to increase dramatically and could result in an overpressure condition that may do as little as stress the metal and cause the case to become stuck or as much as cause a case failure and a nasty side discharge.

    • youstopandthink.disqus

      At least a few US companies might get some contracts and hire a few people to make guns and ammo. During US industrial age, factories made items for war. US is always in some kind of conflict. It is a bad scene but maybe it will help get some money into Americans’ hands. Stop sending all our jobs to China, India, Mexico, South America etc.

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