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Progress Made On Military Once-Fired Brass Issue-ATK Stops Scrapping Cartridge Cases: On Friday, April 16, Montana's U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced that ATK-the defense conglomerate that operates the Army's Lake City ammunition plant, and that owns the Federal ammunition, RCBS reloading equipment, and Alliant smokeless gunpowder companies-is voluntarily withdrawing from contracts it made with military bases to collect and scrap once-fired small arms cartridge cases. The scrapping of the cases became an issue several weeks ago, when it was determined to be partially responsible for reducing the quantity of intact cartridge cases sold to companies that use them to produce reloaded ammunition for sale to private individuals.
It seems that ATK was making side deals with base commanders for scrap brass. ATK gave them the equipment to demill the brass themselves and then sell the scrap, at prices far below what reloadable brass would sell for to bidders wanting to use it for reloading. The "draw" for the base commanders was that the money from the sale of the scrap brass went into base accounts, while the $ for reloadable brass went to the feds. ATK then benefited by purchasing this scrap as a source of cheap, high quality brass for its own foundary operations.
And I wonder where the money went after the base commanders got it?
Probably Non Appropriated Fund (NAF) accounts, used to support military recreation & services provided to dependents.
This is at least the second time this issue has surfaced. I wonder if it will be an on going problem.
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