National Weather Service Buys 46k Hollow Point RoundsSubmitted by McWilly on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:19
It’s hot here in Los Angeles right now – typically we don’t get past 85 by the beach – however, we’re in the middle of a heatwave that is threatening the very temperamental energy grid that keeps our power flowing. The forecast calls for it to cool off a bit in the next few days – no storms coming according to Accuweather. Unfortunately, the situation is quite different in Maine, Mass. and New Jersey, which, according to the National Weather Service can expect massive BULLETSTORMS in the very near future! Did I write that whole weather intro just to use the phrase “Bulletstorm” in this post? Yes. Yes I did.
In a perplexing purchase, the NWS has been documented ordering 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullets. If you aren’t familiar with JHPs, they are a type of ammunition which are notably deadlier than a standard tipped bullet with the traditional pointed head. Hollow points have an indented tip (see image) that expands upon impact with the body, transferring more energy to the target and additionally slowing within the body. A high velocity bullet with a standard tip is far more likely to cleanly pass through the body. While one would think that a clean entry and exit would be a bad thing, it’s actually far more survivable.
I have been wracking my brain all morning trying to think of a reason that the NWS would possibly have a need for this type of high powered ammo. In scouring every department of the NWS at the organization website, in addition to reading through the training modules offered, I can see no viable reason for purchasing these bullets.