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Border Patrol wants 40,000 rounds of .308 Hornady ammo for its top marksmen

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.

“Superformance Match Ammunition achieves muzzle velocities of 100 - 200 fps faster than any conventional ammunition,” says Hornady on its own Web site. “Amazing ammunition performance starts with outstanding bullets, and Hornady AMAX and Boattail Hollow Point Match bullets, now featuring revolutionary new AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Process) bullet jackets, raise the standard.”

“Topped with the finest bullets, Superformance Match ammunition marries the very best cartridge cases with extremely stable propellants that are custom blended for each individual load to provide true ammunition performance enhancement,” the company continues. “Highpower competitors, as well as law enforcement and military shooters and snipers will all benefit from the Superformance Match advantage -- higher muzzle velocity, phenomenal accuracy, increased range and reduced wind drift.”

CBP announced that it wants to execute this procurement as a small business set-aside contract. It requires prospective vendors to submit their proposals by September 12. 

Further information is available from Michael Amaral, a contract specialist, at 202-344-1108 or michael.amaral@dhs.gov.