CNS News has been all over various reports of government agencies like the Social Security Administration (SSA) purchasing ammunition. Drudge Report has also been pointing to stories. As an example, the SSA put out a bid for 174,000 rounds of ammunition. Does that sound like a lot to you?
It’s not, especially if you have almost 300 law enforcement agents working for the Social Security Administration who should be training with the ammunition they carry. As an example, some three day advanced pistol classes go through 750 rounds per day for a total of more than 2,100 rounds. If 300 agents take the three day class one time per year (I hope they would have the opportunity to train more than that) they would require more than 625,000 rounds just for the three day training period.
At least CNS pointed to what SSA posted on their site and Drudge Report picked up the explanation.
The blog states that the SSA has 295 special agents who work in 66 offices across the United States.
“These investigators have full law enforcement authority, including executing search warrants and making arrests,” the blog post states. “Our investigators are similar to your State or local police officers.
“They use traditional investigative techniques, and they are armed when on official duty,” the blog post states.
Concern expressed in some media reports about the type of ammunition ordered by the agency is unfounded, the blog states, explaining that the .357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacked hollow point pistol ammunition is “standard issue for many law enforcement agencies” and is appropriate for the work agents perform.
To be clear and confirm, there is nothing special about the .357 Sig round referenced. It’s not only standard issue for many law enforcement officers, it’s also a somewhat popular self-defense round for civilians.