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Chris Werb
Chris Werb
September 6, 2015 4:22 pm

The high proportion of 9x19mm fired was a bit of a surprise.

Phil
September 6, 2015 6:09 pm

Includes training ammo and the fact that everyone I think ended up with a pistol after all the green on blues.

JamesF
September 6, 2015 6:31 pm

Mr Glock – the new bayonet.

mr.fred
mr.fred
September 6, 2015 6:54 pm

Assuming 10,000 people in country every six months, that would be about 28 rounds (two magazines-ish) each.

The spike in 7.62mm consumption (more than double) with a simultaneous fall in 5.56mm (down to less than a third) between Herricks 17 and 18 is interesting though.

Phil
September 6, 2015 7:02 pm

I suspect it might be because the enemy started shooting at the PBs and FOBs more (perhaps because we stopped patrolling as much).

Hence the uptake in 12.7mm and 7.62mm.

DavidNiven
DavidNiven
September 6, 2015 7:04 pm

I don’t think that the numbers for 9mm ammo were driven by the issue of side arms for the green on blue threat. It’s a pretty constant number and does not surge for Herrick 18.

The drop in 105mm and the rise in .50 and 7.62 for Herrick 18 is interesting.

Phil
September 6, 2015 7:08 pm

I doubt very much that consumption comes from action. Perhaps the training level was upped because people were shooting themselves more than they were hitting any targets.

IDF was very political on H13 – I suspect it stayed the same on the later ones.

as
as
September 6, 2015 7:35 pm

It is a shame it did not include 40mm grenades and 81mm mortar rounds as well.

DavidNiven
DavidNiven
September 6, 2015 7:49 pm

We didn’t stop patrolling we just handed over or dismantled the PB’s and FOB’s lock stock and collapsed inwards to Bastion. The PB’s and FOB’s that were still operational carried on as usual. The rise in 7.62 and .50 along with 30mm AFV could be due to the mentoring teams providing support to the Afghans along with the cavalry/BRF providing patrolling and support for Herrick 18 after the PB and FOB numbers had reduced.

HMArmedForcesReview
HMArmedForcesReview
September 7, 2015 1:39 am

Does this also account for SF ammo even though “we dont comment on SF operations” ?

Obsvr
Obsvr
September 7, 2015 9:30 am

What about 51 and 81mm?

Tony Williams
Tony Williams
September 8, 2015 2:58 pm

Those 30mm Apache cannon certainly had a good work-out – a similar amount of ammo fired to .50 cal, yet I believe there were relatively few Apaches around at any one time.