Homeland Security (DHS) has chosen defense contractor ATK for the holy grail of government contracts (i.e. an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity agreement) for the manufacture of.40 caliber hollow point ammunition. U.S. agents will receive a reported 450 million rounds over the next five-year period.
Specifically, the contract appears to set maximum volume of purchase though the contract also contains several allowances for renegotiation. From press release issued by the DHS:
ATK was the incumbent and won the contract with its HST bullet, which has proven itself in the field… This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.
Homeland Securities love of hollowpoints harkens back to 2009, when in a case of same place, different face, they ordered almost 200 million jacked hollowpoint rounds from Winchester. Why the sudden change in firm is a matter of speculation, though the press release continues to champion the integrity of the ATK version in the field.
Ron Johnson, President of ATK’s Security and Sporting group, told the press, ATK ammo is “engineered for 100-percent weight retention, limits collateral damage, and avoids over-penetration.” For their own part, ATK’s take on the classic self defense round is pretty… well… classic and could be said to even define the JHP principle.
Johnson also commented on his company’s recent hook up with border patrol, stating “We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE.”
Though that may seem like a lot of rounds, all one needs to do is look at their budget calendar to see that there’s a fiscal reason for such a bulk purchase: if the DHS (or any law enforcement agency for that matter) does not use up their budget in expenditures for the year, they risk getting their funding slashed next year. What does this mean for the average Joe Blow shooter? Well, whether it’s the intended consequence or not, less rounds entering the retail market means less availability which means a rise in demand which of course means dollar signs, so when it comes to .40 caliber JHP, Guns.com suggests you pray for sunshine but prepare for rain.
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