Secret Service stocks up on ammo

Secret Service agents on guard during the United Nations meeting last month in New York. (Photo: Secret Service/Facebook)

Secret Service agents on guard during the United Nations meeting last month in New York. (Photo: Secret Service/Facebook)

The U.S. Secret Service awarded more than $16.3 million in contracts for ammo last month, according to notices listed by the General Services Administration.

Winners include Winchester Ammunition, Specialty Cartridge and Vista Outdoor for contracts solicited earlier in the year, but it’s unclear specific desired calibers.

Vista took on the bulk of the award with $15.1 million. The Utah-based conglomerate is made up of Savage Arms, several outdoor brands and numerous ammunition companies like Federal Premium, CCI, Speer and American Eagle.

Specialty Cartridge, a small company based in Georgia, was awarded $999,199 for a contract solicited in March. And Winchester, owned by chemical conglomerate Olin Corporation, was awarded $212,600 for a contract the agency solicited in June.

According to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service used 5.9 million handgun rounds, 338,500 shotgun shells, and 2.3 million rifle rounds in 2015.