Is the Government Contributing to the Current Ammo Shortage by Destroying Brass?

January 26 2013
by GSL Staff
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An article on the Gun Rights Examiner suggests that the military may be once again destroying once shot ammunition brass and breaking it down to scrap metal.

This goes against a 2010 policy which stated that expended brass would be sold to ammunition manufacturers and the general public.

Many ammo companies specialize in specifically making reloaded rounds using once fired brass. These companies account for a large portion of taret ammunition sales.

Likewise, private citizens who reload their own rounds need brass for the process.

The report references procedures put into place at Fort Drum which reportedly state, “Brass from expended ammunition/munitions is recycled,” the report advises. “Expended munitions must be free of any explosive hazard or residue and be crushed, shredded or otherwise destroyed prior to public sale.

“At Fort Drum, brass from expended ammunition is processed through a brass deformer machine located at the transfer station,” the description continues. “The deformed brass is purchased by a scrap metal vendor who reports the weighed amount to the QRP [Qualified Recycling Program] Manager. The proceeds from the sale of the scrap metal are deposited into the designated QRP account.”

This means that individuals and companies who would normally purchase used brass for reloading are having to buy new brass, which is further straining an already strained ammo market.

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