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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/06/u-s-military-ammo-supply-line-is-not-china-dependent/

As possible geopolitical and national security ramifications of limiting ties with China post-coronavirus are weighed, it is important to point out that the U.S. military ammunition supply is not China-dependent.

On March 20, 2020, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) sent a letter to the Department of Defense in which the critical role of domestic firearm and ammunition manufacturers was emphasized.

The NSSF said:

The United States military acquires virtually all its small arms from domestic commercial firearm manufacturers. All handgun ammunition used by the U.S. military is sourced from commercial ammunition manufacturers. The Department of Defense arsenal located in Lake City, Missouri, is operated by a commercial ammunition manufacturer under a DOD contact. Most of the rifle ammunition used by the U.S. military is produced in Lake City. The U.S. military also purchases rifle ammunition directly from domestic commercial ammunition manufacturers. The federal government recognizes the importance of ammunition and firearm manufacturing in times of crisis.

NSSF public affairs director, Mark Olivia, spoke with Breitbart News about American companies building ammunition for America’s military.

Olivia said:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is proud that virtually all small arms and ammunition used by the U.S. military is produced by domestic manufacturing. This shows the importance of a robust firearm and ammunition industry and why the firearm industry fought to have these manufacturers listed as critical essential infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security. Our nation can be reassured knowing that in times of crisis, and in concerns of national security, the U.S. military is equipped with the best possible tools for mission success. That comes from U.S. manufacturing.

On January 15, 2020, UPI reported that Sig Sauer secured a contract to provide sniper ammunition for the U.S. Army. Sig Sauer ammunition is made in Arkansas.

And in addition to making ammunition for military, Sig Sauer also makes guns that enjoy wide ranging service among our troops.
Tom Taylor, executive vice president, commercial sales, Sig Sauer, told Breitbart News:

We are very proud to be a major part of the U.S. defense manufacturing base with M17 and M18 handguns, made in New Hampshire and now in service with all branches of the US military. We are also honored to be part of that defense supply with our new machine gun, hybrid ammunition and suppressor technology, which is currently in down selection for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Weapon System, along with our long range sniper ammunition made in our factory in Arkansas.

Winchester, a company forever part of America’s firearm heritage due to its lever action rifle, also makes ammunition. PR Newswire reports that Winchester secured a contract in late 2019 that will have them making ammunition for the U.S. Army for at least the next seven years.

Defense News reports that South Dakota’s Black Hills Ammunition is contracted on a multi-million dollar basis to provide .556 ammunition for many of the the U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command.

The list goes on, and the point is clear: The U.S. military ammunition supply chain is not China-dependent.
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"The U.S. military ammunition supply chain is not China-dependent."

Must have been a very slow news days at Breitbart. I never heard anyone infer that our military small arms ammo was produced anywhere BUT in the USA. It would make a great headline for a CNN jernalizt, though.
 

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While the ammo is made here, where do the raw components come from? When I lived out West, Western NV/West Coast bullet - now Xtreme - got their copper for their plated bullets from China
 
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unfortunately a lot of RCBS items are now made in china. I do believe all their presses are at least cast there and possibly finished out here.

i do miss chinese ammo and a few of their previously imported guns. The norinco 1911's were a no-frills decent gun and the norinco 45 acp ammo was decent...they were going to import a copy of the Colt Huntsman under the Iver Johnson brand.....but that died during some sort of political dispute.....can't have handguns imported from china as handguns are more evil than shotguns.....
 

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US Military ammo is made here and that’s why there are so many different manufacturers selling M193 ammo. It’s all Milspec. Some not actually going to the military may or may not have the crimped and sealed primers that the US Govt requires cause it’s not going to them and it can reduce the cost to the civilian market. The components are all Milspec. If you’re going to make a million rounds for a govt contract, and the equipment is set up, might as well make 1.2 million and sell some to the rest of the 5.56 users.
 

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unfortunately a lot of RCBS items are now made in china. I do believe all their presses are at least cast there and possibly finished out here.

i do miss chinese ammo and a few of their previously imported guns. The norinco 1911's were a no-frills decent gun and the norinco 45 acp ammo was decent...they were going to import a copy of the Colt Huntsman under the Iver Johnson brand.....but that died during some sort of political dispute.....can't have handguns imported from china as handguns are more evil than shotguns.....
My understanding is that RCBS still makes their dies and presses in Oroville, CA
 

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Well being obama got rid of most lead making operations in the U.S. I'm willing to bet most of it comes from China. I know a lot of powder is made in Australia and Sweden, possibly Switzerland too. where do those countries get the compounds to make the powder? I don't know but again I'm willing to bet at least some of it comes from China.
 

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My understanding is that RCBS still makes their dies and presses in Oroville, CA

They do but the castings are made in China and have been for quite a few years now. I wouldn't doubt every company that makes presses do the same.
 

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Trump got a lot of heat when he wanted more steel made here early in his presidency. We got a lot from friendly countries but things change.
 

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Much of the metals processing plants in the U.S. , like most of the manufacturing in the U.S., has been sent overseas. Partly it is cheaper with labor costs. Partly because it has become offensive to our sense of "environmental cleanliness". The same for gun powders. We may make the ammo here, but most of the components we use to do it comes from overseas. Most of it on ships, from all over.
Why do you think there is so much effort put into making sure shipping lanes, like the Suez and Panama Canals stay operating by the Navy when there are problems in those regions?
And a lot of it from China.
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