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Troop Training Leads To Ammunition Shortages

Troops training for and fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than one billion bullets a year.

That's contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police agencies nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol.

An Associated Press review of dozens of police and sheriff's
departments found that many are struggling with delays of as long
as a year for both handgun and rifle ammunition.

Unlike troops in an active war zone, patrol officers rarely fire their weapons in the line of duty.

And when they do, they rarely shoot more than a dozen rounds.
Asheville police training officer Lt. Gary Guda says that makes
training with live ammunition for real-life situations -- such as a
vehicle stop -- so essential.


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