14,000 5.56 Rounds Missing from Ft. Bragg
This could be just a soldier trying to make a quick buck but civilian rifles chambered for the .223 (and the .223 and 5.56 are interchangeable-ish depending on your rifle) are not hard to feed with the correct ammunition. My understanding is that while some companies make rifles that will handle both there are lots of civilian rifles chambered for .223 Remington that will wear out much quicker if you shoot NATO ammo through it.
That doesn’t stop people from doing though.
But still as a simply criminal operation this just doesn’t seem to have much payoff in a country where .223 ammo is still basically cheap and commonly available. Is there something else going on?
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials at Fort Bragg say an investigation is under way into the disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army base.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Ford, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says the ammunition went missing from the 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Ford believed the ammunition was taken overnight on Tuesday. The 1st Brigade team was placed on lockdown for a few hours Wednesday night while officials conducted a search.
The missing ammunition can be used in an M-4 or M-16 assault rifle.
Ford says the 82nd Airborne Division and military police are taking the matter seriously and that “any amount of ammunition that goes missing” has “got to be accounted for.”
Indeed. There’s a rumor floating around that the military had detained two soldiers but I can’t find any information confirming that. Let’s hope this is either a mistake or just some thievery. I’d hate to imagine what a Nidal Hasan could have done with 14,000 rounds and a couple of friends with assault rifles.