The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced a recent seizure of a small quantity of ammunition hidden inside some truck tires. Clearly the tires wouldn’t run very smoothly with a couple of thousand rifle rounds rolling around inside them. Yet judging by the mainstream media’s reporting of the DPS’ press release, you’d think they’d uncovered another Fast and Furious level smuggling operation.
They hyperventilated over a mere 5,800 rifle rounds — 800 of them “high caliber!” — less than many TTAG readers regularly keep on hand.
A subsequent vehicle search resulted in the seizure of 5,800 rounds of ammunition hidden inside two commercial vehicle tires, including 800 high-caliber rifle rounds. The investigation is ongoing.
— Dept. of Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) June 8, 2023
Here’s the breathless report from 13News . . .
According to the AZ Department of Public Safety, a trooper assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Task Force stopped a vehicle for multiple moving violations on Interstate 19 southbound between Tucson and Sahuarita on June 3.
During the stop, troopers observed indicators of criminal activity.
According to DPS, a subsequent vehicle search resulted in the seizure of 5,800 rounds of ammunition hidden inside two commercial vehicle tires, including 800 high-caliber rifle rounds.
Clearly the prospect of 800 rounds of “high-caliber” rifle ammo just floating around is a scary prospect. The uninitiated and uninformed probably view them as capable of punching holes in the ozone layer if fired at the proper angle.
Lord knows these ketchup container-sized cartridges are so incredibly powerful that the Australians wisely shut down air traffic over a military facility before test-firing a .50 caliber rifle for the media to generate buzz for another gun grab.
Someone has lost 800 rounds of .50 BMG cartridges in Arizona. But Arizonans can calm down. It’s not that big a deal. And as for those 5,000 rounds of what looks like steel-cased 5.56 or .223 ammo…maybe I’m a snob, but I won’t even run that stuff through my ARs.
And 5,000 rounds? That’s a respectable loadout for about five rifles. Maybe ten if you’re traveling light and not expecting to do much shooting.
Five cases of ammo isn’t exactly the mother lode. Your local PD should be running their patrol rifle users through a couple of hundred rounds each year just to help them retain their basic skill set.
Five thousand rounds? That’s enough for one good rifleman for a few years…assuming he’s doing a lot of dry fire practice.
Let’s cut to the chase here. A young man with 5,800 rounds of rifle ammo — even if 800 of those rounds are scary-sounding “high caliber” — isn’t even an eligible bachelor in most parts of Texas.