CMP Ammunition Update
“The CMP has been notified by ammunition manufacturers and distributors to expect price increases and significant delivery delays for all calibers of ammunition, especially for .22 rimfire. The price increases and delays apply to orders we have already placed with the manufacturers. Prior to 2013 CMP received deliveries of truckloads of ammo within a few weeks of placing orders. We are now being advised, as in the case of Aguila .22, that it may take several years to receive all of the 35,000,000 rounds of Aguila ammo we have on order. . .
“As a result of this situation, CMP has placed orders with several different manufacturers for large amounts of ammunition in various calibers. We expect to receive only a few pallets at a time because manufacturers and distributors are rationing the ammo to their customers. As we receive ammo, we will contact customers with oldest orders already in place with the option to purchase whatever we receive at the new prices, cancel the order, or remain on the list for the manufacturer they originally requested. All price increases to CMP will be passed on to the customer. CMP will not be profiting from the increase in prices.
“We will continue to accept orders for ammunition, with the understanding that the wait time for customers between placing an order and receiving the ammunition may be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. Most other retailers are in the same situation as the CMP. We suggest that customers leave their CMP orders in place and not cancel until they are able to purchase ammo elsewhere. CMP customers will be contacted as to pricing and manufacturer before any orders are filled. We do not expect to have any additional information until after the annual SHOT Show in mid-January, when we will meet with all of the ammo manufacturers.”
I hate myself for writing this, but some still care. George Zimmerman got his guns back yesterday, according to a story in The Daily Mail. He visited the Sanford Police Department with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Samantha Scheibe, with whom he’s apparently on-again. When he was released from jail on $9,000 bail about a month ago, two of the conditions were that he couldn’t possess firearms nor have contact with Ms. Scheibe, so I’m not sure how yesterday’s proceedings jibed with that, but I don’t much care, either. If you do, click the links. Sigh.
A clerk at the Jump Start convenience store in Wichita, Kansas thought that the gun the robber had pointed at her looked like a toy, so she grabbed it and clubbed him over the head with it. They scuffled, but she got the upper hand, dragged him outside and told him to leave, then called police. He might have gotten away, but after officers arrived, a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had been assaulted at the Jump Start. Police went to her address and arrested the boyfriend. Something tells me their relationship might be on the rocks.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes out of Elmwood Park, WI, and isn’t really a lockdown. A note was found in a girl’s bathroom at Elmwood Park High School after school on the 17th that said the “school is going to be blown up on the 19th at 7 a.m.” Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in on the 18th, and no one could leave or enter the school while they made their sweep, which found nothing. The following day, the 19th, final exams were delayed by about an hour while every single one of the arriving 900 students was patted down and backpacks, purses and other bags were searched. Nothing was found, and the process, which Police Chief Rodger Loni described as being similar to the process before getting on an airplane, “went very, very smoothly,” according to the chief.
Dan Bilzerian visits Richard Ryan out at the desert range for a little .50 BMG slow-mo Christmas action. I’m used to seeing the shock wave come off of C4 and det cord in RR’s videos, but seeing a shockwave come out of the muzzle brake on the M82A1 was new to me. No wonder it’s so much “fun” to stand next to them.
For those of you who like guns with wood on them, Hickok45 goes hunting for a Christmas tree with a Winchester 1886 in .45-70.