Monday, March 16, 2009

No More Military Brass

This has been around for a couple of days, but in case you've missed it, the Department of Defense will no long recycle their used brass into the civilian marker. Here's a copy of the DoD memo from major remanufactured ammunition maker Georgia Arms
"Effective immediately DOD Surplus, LLC, will be implementing new requirements for mutilation of fired shell casings. The new DRMS requirement calls for DOD Surplus personnel to witness the mutilation of the property and sign the Certificate of Destruction. Mutilation of the property can be done at the DRMO, if permitted by the Government, or it may be mutilated at a site chosen by the buyer. Mutilation means that the property will be destroyed to the extent prevents its reuse or reconstruction. DOD Surplus personnel will determine when property has been sufficiently mutilated to meet the requirements of the Government. "
Jim Shepherd notes in today's SHOOTING WIRE that this represents a loss of 80% of the value of the brass. But hey, why would the Maximum Barry administration care about that? He has the printing presses, after all.

But what are the consequences of this for shooters? Quoted in the WIRE, look at Georgia Arms, just one of many remanufacturers:
Georgia Arms was remanufacturing more than one million rounds of .223 ammunition monthly; selling that ammo on the civilian market to resellers and to government agencies all over the country. 

Tomorrow, Georgia Arms will start sending cancellation notices for .223 ammunition to law enforcement agencies across the United States. Haynie says he may have to layoff half of his sixty-person workforce.
In short, this government action is aimed at the heart of the civilian ammunition market, to put increased pressure on an already superheated consumer market. With a single stroke, tens of million rounds of 5.56, 7.62, 9mm and .50 BMG has been removed from the market. Okay kiddies, a quick question from Economics 101, that class you slept through your senior year...if demand rises and supply shrinks, what happens to prices?

If you're a new ammunition manufacturer, do you have a choice between honoring your huge military contracts (remember, even if we pull out of everywhere tomorrow morning the military needs to replenish their largely depleted ammo stores) and supplying the civilian market? Of course not. The remanufacturing segment of the industry was essentially filling the gap left by the military orders, providing ammo to civilians and law enforcement.

The antigunners in the Obama administration have landed a disastrous blow totally under the radar.

Tell me again how I'm overreacting...


Anonymous said...

Ahem! ABSOLUTELY NO ONE can live up to the "mutilation" requirement. Even if you split the atoms of each element of the alloy and broke them down into protons neutrons and electrons,you can't comply with the letter of the law. Since you cannot destroy (or create) the material, it can still be re-constituted into brass!
All engineering technicalities aside, WRITE YOR CONGRESS PEOPLE!
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Anonymous said...

I called one local recycling center today. They pay 70 cents a pound for yellow brass.

If you happen to be in the business of say selling 9mm brass, 1,000 pieces weight 9.7 pounds. You could get anywhere from $40 to $50 for those thousand pieces of brass.

If you sold it at scrap value, they would only be worth about $6 at the recycling center.

I don't see the value any more of having a government liquidation website handling brass sales.

Why doesn't the DoD just contract out to whatever brass smelter is closest to those bases and get that once fired military brass delivered right into the melt?

Skip the middle man, the liquidation website, entirely.

Anonymous said...

This makes my blood boil, but it is a brilliant move by the Fabian socialists running the country now.

It goes to show what we are up against. Perfect diversion - have the AG Holder talk about banning guns, have elected leaders pooh-pooh the idea as ridiculous while some faceless government bureocracy very effectively restricts the supply of ammo to civilians. No need to ban "assault rifles" if you can't buy food for the gun.

These freaks no the ins-and-outs of the machinations of the gov't better than anyone. We are in for a tremendously difficult battle.

Anonymous said...

The real blow will come when the EPA finds a way to ban lead thru regs, not legislation.

Anonymous said...



armed_citizen said...

Looks like a clarification has been made that anything .50 or smaller will not require mutilation.

This info was received by a local manufacturer from a Gov. Liquidation Rep.

Diogenes said...

According to a new post on the Georgia Arms web site(, the order has been reversed. Good job to all those that lit up the phone lines and filled email inboxes in D.C.

Anonymous said...

This really upset me this morning when I read it. I am glad to hear about the reversal but will keep my fingers crossed. It's a loosing battle, in the end, though.

Anonymous said...

I'll confirm what Diogenes has said. I have an Uncle in Oregon who called his local shop (Barons Den) about it, and they said that the legislation has been stopped or reversed or however you want to take it. But the important part being, the Gov will continue selling its brass to the civilian market

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