Patrick Collins is the CEO of TheGunFood.com, a major, online ammunition retailer that supplies many an America with the “food” their guns need to keep firing.
But now he’s also a whistleblower of sorts, claiming that a massive number of ammunition deliveries have gone missing, particularly when they are shipped and (supposed) to be delivered with UPS.
In fact, Collins recently said that he has “lost” thousands of dollars worth of ammo deliveries because customers’ orders of ammo don’t always make it all the way to their doors (or whatever delivery address), a problem that he said is particularly severe when the ammo is shipped through UPS.
And Collins wasn’t just complaining without giving any data or statistics that could prove his point: he “brought the receipts” as Jack Posobiec says on Twitter, saying that of the 18,000 rounds of ammunition that he has shipped with UPS, just a third of them have made it to customers. It’s like he’s the Japanese military trying to slip ammo through to Guadalcanal, only it’s some shipping company running the blockade rather than the US Navy.
So, Collins appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio program to shed light on the massive issue, one made all the weirder both by its severity and the lack of any real explanation from UPS. Ammo is expensive and a 66% attrition rate is painful: there should be a reason why the ammo shipments have gone missing, but he so far hasn’t received a satisfactory one.
According to Collins, the only real response he has so far received from the company is that something was wrong with his packaging. However, according to him, his company has always at least met, and often exceeds, the packaging protocols for ammunition, ensuring that the ammo is boxed up properly.
Commenting on that to Beck and claiming that he can prove the missing ammo shipments were properly packaged, Collins said:
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“I have pictures of how the packages are packed (and) within the packages. And I have all of that information. In fact, we changed our protocol here at TheGunFood.com to have our drivers, when they drop off the packages at the centers, they have to actually take a picture of it on the conveyor belt when UPS takes possession of our packages.”
Further, offering what could be a bit of evidence that it’s not just some problem with his company’s packaging process, Collins noted that other companies have seen ammo shipments go missing too, saying:
“I know quite a few other folks, that have had well over $300,000 of ammunition gone missing. And it’s really changed the way we have to do our business.”
Collins also highlighted how the problem is impacting his business and how what might seem like a small issue to the massive shipping company is proving to be a major deal for his company, saying:
“To [UPS], it’s just a write-off. However, it’s becoming a very expensive write-off. I would like to thank you for bringing a lot of attention to this because it really is a big deal. It impacts people on multiple levels, more than your average citizen would think. Imagine if the police department doesn’t receive the ammunition that they need to serve their civic duties.”
Beck, for his part, wasn’t afraid to hint that there might be some motive for the missing shipments, suggesting that either employee theft of the ammo or some goal of disrupting the ammo supply for ordinary Americans was at play, saying:
“Well, imagine if you got sloppy with ammunition and you were just kind of losing some from time to time. What would they accuse you of? There’s no excuse. It’s either theft from their own employees or it is part of a hidden policy that is disrupting the flow of ammunition … and their stonewalling here bothers me, because there should be an answer. What happened to it?”
So where has all that missing ammo gone? Comment below with what you think!
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