With the Amnesty bill still on the table, and the borders of the U.S. as porous as ever, it is clear that the Border Patrol is not being fielded to stop people from strolling into our country. So, the question is WHO, exactly, are these 40,000 Hornady Amax sniper rounds supposed to be used against, and why does the Border Patrol need sniper teams at all?
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
To arm the precision marksmen who are part of the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit’s precision marksman/observer program, CBP plans to procure 40,000 rounds of .308 Hornady 168 grain, A-MAX Tactical Application Police ammunition.
“The PM/O has the ability to engage threats that cannot be successfully or tactically engaged by other Border Patrol or law enforcement personnel,” says the CBP’s solicitation, which was issued on September 6.
The Border Patrol Tactical Unit, nicknamed BORTAC, maintains a precision marksman program that is loosely modeled after the U.S. Marine Corps’ scout/sniper program for specialized federal law enforcement missions.
“A PM/O is a specially selected, equipped, and highly-trained certified marksman who uses his training and equipment to obtain a tactical position to provide real-time information to other elements of the team,” explains the solicitation.
CBP intends to purchase 40 cases of ammunition — containing a total of 40,000 rounds — produced by the Hornady Manufacturing Company, of Grand Island, NE.
“Hornady Manufacturing Company’s .30 caliber .308 inch, 168 grain A-MAX TAP ammunition is engineered specifically for law enforcement agencies to combat the dangers of over-penetration while still providing the ballistic performance needed to meet mission requirements,” said CBP.
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