USDA wants to buy .40 caliber sub-machine guns?


There’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there involving government agencies purchasing bulk ammo and high-tech weaponry.

This isn’t one of them.umpfold

Evidently, the Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to upgrade its weaponry, rather substantially.

According to a Request for Proposal on a GSA site, they’re seeking .40 cal sub-machine guns.

Here’s the RFP:

: USDAOIGWEA-5-7-14 Added: May 07, 2014 2:03 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.  NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT EXISTS.  All responsible and/or interested sources may submit their company name, point of contact, and telephone.  If received timely, shall be considered by the agency for contact to determine weapon suitability.

Perhaps they’re preparing for an upcoming bovine war, or expecting trouble from their meat inspectors union. I don’t know. I’m unaware of any unit within the USDA that has hostage-rescue or special operations responsibilities.

I emailed the primary and secondary points of contact listed on the RFP, asking how many sub-machine guns the USDA was seeking to purchase, and why they were buying the guns.

I received out-of-office responses from both women.

I’ll let you know what I hear.


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  1. Let us know what they say. Perhaps it’s just for security for the DC HQ. I don’t consider a 40 cal submachine gun an assault weapon. If they were buying 223, 308, 50 cal. etc in large numbers, then I would be concerned. The nuclear plant I worked for has those weapons for perimeter protection.

  2. Maybe they’ll finally do something about the corn monsters we have so much trouble with around here. Either that or better yet, just shoot themselves.

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  6. So the USDA wants 40. CAL submachine guns, and the DHS has ordered 450 million rounds of .40 CAL hollow-point ammo. Just what in the hell do you suppose those traitors have up their sleeves? Are they going to raid the Amish and organic farms, at the behest of the petrochemical industry that is gaining a toxic control of our whole devitalized and tainted food supply? If a soldier gets taken prisoner on the battlefield in possession of any kind of dum-dums, he is summarily shot, no two ways about it. That is a serious transgression of the Law of War and Peace, but our own government feels it’s okay to use against us? If this is “change we can believe in”, you may keep it, thank you. I am starting to believe those communists won the Cold War after all.

  7. ?!?!? Different tactical application. The .40S&W penetrates walls and other obstacles much better than the .223 (5.56.) It all depends on what your target and need is. The FBI originally wanted the 10mm because they wanted more stopping power than the 9mm but the FBI agents couldn’t qualify with it so they asked for a weaker 10mm, hence the .40S&W was born. Swat and other tactical units switched from the 9mm sub machine gun to the .223 because of penetration issues, now they have a more powerful sub machine gun. One that uses a 180 grain HP instead of the 147 grain 9mm HP or the 60 grain HP .223 round. Sounds like they want to be able to penetrate walls and other things!

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