Monday, August 11, 2014

An interesting government guns and ammo wish list

The Obama administration shopping list shown below is from the original government solicitation for bids to provide small arms and ammo of mostly foreign manufacture. An updated version doesn't include the type of guns or ammo shown in this open list, you apparently have to have a vendor log-in to get these details. But, yes, the original solicitation remains accessable. 

I suppose this could simply be a requisition of weapons to familiarize troops with what they might encounter on deployments. Do these arms go to our irregular allies overseas? I could also imagine some darker intent if I was prone to conspiracies and speculation.

Solicitation Number:
Notice Type:
Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Aug 08, 2014 7:04 pm 
This notice is a combined synopsis and solicitation. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to establish one or more contract awards to fulfill continuing requirements for foreign non-standard, U.S.-obsolete, and commercial weapons, commercial ammunition and accessories. Vendors must have the capability to ship the items, once procured, to multiple locations CONUS and OCONUS. Interested vendors must be capable of supporting the U.S. Government’s mission in accordance with all applicable U.S. and foreign regulations for the acquisition and transit of weapons. Vendors shall obtain and maintain all required registrations and licenses for conducting this type of business. In addition, all contractors shall be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to award, during performance and through final payment. The overarching intent of this program and procurement action is to find and use a source or vendor that can reach around the world at any given moment to gather and provide multiple types of weapons, munitions and accessories.

Weapons covered under this combined synopsis and solicitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:  
AK-47 and AKM Variants (Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947)
AK-74 Variants (Avtomat Kalashnikova 1974)
PK Machine Gun Variants (PK/PKS/ PKM/PKMS)
Submachine Guns
Heckler and Koch G-3 (Gewehr 3 – Rifle)
FN FAL (Fabrique Nationale Fusil Automatique Leger)
MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher
MG3 (Maschinengewehr 3)
RPK (Ruchnoi Pulemet Kalashnikova)
DShK (Degtyarev-Shpagin, large caliber)
Dragunov SVD (Snaiperskaya Vintovka Dragunova, or Dragunov Sniper Rifle)
82mm Mortar System
9mm Pistols (e.g. Glock 19, Walther PP/PPK [Polizei Pistole and Polizei Pistole Kur],CZ-52 Tokarev Pistol Makarov PM [Type 59 and other versions])
RPG (Ruchnoy Protivotankoviy Granatomet, Commonly Referred to as Rocket Propelled Grenade) Launchers:
NSV Machine Gun
SPG-9 Recoilless Gun 
Munitions covered under this survey may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
5.45x39mm Ball
5.45x39mm Blank
7.62x39mm Ball
7.62x39mm Blank
7.62x54R Ball
7.62x54R Blank
12.7x108mm Ball
12.7x108mm API
7.62x54R Links
7.62x54R Links Machines
12.7X108mm Links
12.7x108mm Linking Machines

H/T: Sipsey Street 

Updated 9:26 am EDT with expanded comment in second paragraph.

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