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Weather Service ammo request was… clerical error.


Hell, close enough for Government work, yeh? Hat tip to Jonn Lilyea.

“We don’t need no stinkin’ ammo” says the Weather Service, according to the Washington Post

Sure. The ammo is for NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement. I’m SO relieved. Here I was concerned that the HOLLOW-POINT rounds were going into the custody of utterly incompetent buffoons. (Whew! – Ed.)

UPDATE: The Fisheries guys *do* run into bad actors. Ornery, slightly inebriated and armed fishermen happen – but the worst include drug runners and smugglers and thieves. I believe the use of .40HP’s in ‘lawr en-focement’ is appropriate. What’s that old rule? “Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.” What we have here… is a standard government-issue SNAFU.  I hope.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. macmanjim permalink
    2012/08/15 14:37

    So where are the rounds going? The government seems to be ratcheting up for something.

    • 2012/08/15 14:45

      Into paper – 1,500 targets. NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement annual requals.

      But don’t be concerned. Relax, these geniuses are qualified to run our health care.

  2. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2012/08/15 15:58

    Why hollow-points for paper targets? Nobody could be stupid enough to waste that kind of money, could they? Oh, never mind….

    • 2012/08/15 16:41

      Well, yeah, but I seez it like this: To be fair, it’s supposed to be used for re-qualification drills. That implies “real” ammo must be used rather than low-cost practice rounds. Just a guess.

      On the other hand, 100 rounds each is plenty for standard demonstration of skills. This order comes to 365 per employee… so YES, a big part of this purchase is apparently wasteful; Perhaps some of it is also “stock” for monthly/scheduled practices.

      Then again, too, some handguns just don’t feed certain rounds. I don’t know what standard issue hardware is.

      (er… or what the Sinaloas requested. Just sayin’ – Ed.)


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