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    National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Not sure this is the right place for this but here goes...

    I need some help. Why does the National Weather Service need handgun ammunition?

    The DOC NOAA National Weather Service - Western Acquisition Division ? Boulder requires the following items, Purchase Description Determined by Line Item, to the following: LI 001, 16,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP).
    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportun...150cb&_cview=0

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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Not sure this is the right place for this but here goes...

    I need some help. Why does the National Weather Service need handgun ammunition?

    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportun...150cb&_cview=0

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    That is a good question. I would assume that they have their own security personnel, instead of using private security for their installations.

    Update: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-...unition-2012-8
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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Not sure this is the right place for this but here goes...

    I need some help. Why does the National Weather Service need handgun ammunition?

    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportun...150cb&_cview=0

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    Google is your friend.

    The National Weather Service maintains a fleet of seafaring vessels. Actually, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to say it more properly maintains a fleet of seafaring vessels. The ships are separated in two different fleets—their Atlantic and their Pacific fleets. In total, NOAA has 19 of these ships.

    These ships traverse the globe collecting an array of data on the ocean and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the world is not a very safe place.

    Because of the dangers in which NOAA ships and crew encounter, especially when they travel close to land, they physically secure themselves. And yes, the best security is a well-armed professional who knows how to shoot with extreme prejudice and accuracy.

    Due to the salt water voyages NOAA ships endure, their ammunition gets old pretty quick and they must purchase large quantities from time to time to restock their arsenals. Interestingly, 16,000 rounds of ammunition is not a whole heck of a lot especially when crew members must conduct bi-annual recertification on the weapons they employ.
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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    That is a good question. I would assume that they have their own security personnel, instead of using private security for their installations.

    Update: THIS Is Why The NOAA Supposedly Ordered 46,000 Rounds Of Ammunition - Business Insider


    That sounds reasonable they must have their own security

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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    End of thread I guess

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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    End of thread I guess
    Yeah, I think so. I read this a couple of days ago and been thinking about it sense. I wrote the OP this morning but was unable to post due to down time then go too busy to research. The articles posted above were from today hense the reason for me missing them, embarassingly...thanks to those who have enlightened me...

    One might question the necessity of NOAA having ships that deploy 'around the world' with satellite technology and such but that discussion is for another time.
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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Yeah, I think so. I read this a couple of days ago and been thinking about it sense. I wrote the OP this morning but was unable to post due to down time then go too busy to research. The articles posted above were from today hense the reason for me missing them, embarassingly...thanks to those who have enlightened me...

    One might question the necessity of NOAA having ships that deploy 'around the world' with satellite technology and such but that discussion is for another time.
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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    I was hoping it would be that they're firing at tornadoes now...


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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Seems to be a clerical error. The ammo is going to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Considering who these guys regulate, they certainly should be armed.

    National Weather Service “ammunition” solicitation triggers confusion - Capital Weather Gang - The Washington Post

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    Re: National Weather Service to purchase large amount of handgun ammunition...?

    Security for the weather stations they own/operate?
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