Boots And Sabers

DOD No Longer to Sell Spent Brass In Reusable Form

By - Mar 14th, 2009 08:41 pm
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Thanks to a reader for bringing this to my attention.  This email was sent out following this auction.

Subject: Important Notice to Scrap Metal Buyers!

Dear Valued Customer:

Please take a moment to note important changes set forth by the Defense Logistics Agency:

Recently it has been determined that fired munitions of all calibers, shapes and sizes have been designated to be Demil code B. As a result and in conjunction with DLA’s current Demil code B policy, this notice will serve as official notification which requires Scrap Venture (SV) to implement mutilation as a condition of sale for all sales of fired munitions effective immediately. This notice also requires SV to immediately cease delivery of any fired munitions that have been recently sold or on active term contracts, unless the material has been mutilated prior to sale or SV personnel can attest to the mutilation after delivery. A certificate of destruction is required in either case.

Thank you,

DOD Surplus
15051 N Kierland Blvd # 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

You see, it has long been a policy of the Department of Defense to sell once fired brass to weapons manufacturers in bulk.  It usually brought in about $2 per pound for the DOD.  The new policy says that the DOD must mutilate the brass first now.  In other words, they have to make the brass unusable for reuse as ammunition and turn it into just scrap metal.  By doing so, the brass will only be worth about $0.35 per pound.  Do you realize how much brass the DOD goes through in a year?  Do you realize how much money the DOD is flushing down the toilet?  Not to mention the fact that now the DOD has to spend money mutilating all of its brass before it goes out the door.  How much do you think that costs?

This policy didn’t come out of the blue.  The Commander in Chief is clearly sending a message to gun owners that they should be paying more for ammunition.  If he can’t do it through regulatory action, he’ll do it by forcing ammunition manufacturers to spend more on production, and he’ll do it at the taxpayers’ expense. 

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