Back in early July 2014 many local and national news media outlets broke the story about the Albuquerque Police Department’s purchase of 350 5.56 x45mm AR style rifles. You can read some of them right here:
To the uneducated reader these stories may only read as something that may inflame feelings towards a department already in turmoil over use of unjustified deadly force, but folks it goes deeper than that, much deeper like it always does
There is no question that over the years, when it comes to the City or APD, some really shady deals have gone down regarding sole proprietor bids on merchandise that is substandard, but was settled on in order to throw some business to those who would later provide services favorable to certain individuals in return.
We had the Kaufman’s West ballistic vest fiasco, the Spiwak jacket joke, and the list of toys and trinkets of "must have" that Kaufman's pushes on new cops goes on. Now we have Redflex, Taser and this gem of a weapon’s purchase. It is not the purchase so much as the devil in all of the details behind it and the usual antics and suspects.
You see, when you dig a little deeper you start to connect the dots and see just how and why things happen around here, for in Albuquerque nobody does business without the mob having their hand in it; the mob being this administration and those who are always looking to profit any way they can from it.
The AR15 is a magazine fed, gas operated, direct impingement rotating bolt semiautomatic rifle. Direct impingement means that gas is bled off from the gas tube within the upper receiver, just forward and above the bolt carrier, to force the carrier rearward, unlocking the bolt from the barrel extension allowing the bolt to travel rearward to eject a spent casing and load another into the chamber for firing. This is a proven design, used in combat for years. Earlier versions had reliability issues due to fouling, but for all intents and purposes the weapon functions for what it was made for, especially in law enforcement environments which is a far cry from the jungles of Southeast Asia.
Several manufacturers have made changes to this design over the years, and many have developed a new gas piston system based on the AK design. This is a good system, but much more expensive than the direct impingement, due to the parts and manufacturing. These newer designed weapons operate cooler at sustained full auto fire and stay cleaner longer in the combat zone.
This is good for a weapon being used for combat. It is not really needed for patrol in a law enforcement environment. If you can’t keep your rifle clean, you shouldn’t have one, and NOBODY will be firing sustained fully automatic fire or dumping mags.
The question is why would APD purchase rifles with a suggested MSRP of $1749.00 a pop when they had just previously purchased Smith and Wesson direct impingement ARs which sell for an MSRP of $1159.00? See it right here:
The 350 rifles purchased by APD are Primary Weapons MK1 Series Gas piston rifles. They were purchased from BMC Tactical in Albuquerque NM. They retail for $1749.00. These weapons are not proven, and are not being used extensively in the military or police departments nationwide. Their track record is not proven, and in fact, our EYES tell us that these weapons are malfunctioning at a high percentage, and have to be brought back to the vender who sold them for repair.
Now APD wouldn’t do that with a product would they? They wouldn’t put an inferior untested piece of equipment out there on the streets like they did with the Taser Axom cams, and they wouldn’t circumvent a bid when there is another PWI dealer right here in NM also? SEE THEM HERE: http://www.patriotoutdoors.com
Our EYES are telling us that they would, and did. After being caught time and time again, you would think the administration would adopt the philosophy of "It was a mistake, and I have learned from that mistake. I have taken responsibility for it," but no, that’s not the APD way, and nothing seems to change in the land of greased deals.
Why was there no bid? Why was Primary Weapons Systems rifle chosen as the weapons platform When LWRCI puts out a superior product that IS proven and in vast use through out the military and police departments? SEE IT HERE: https://www.lwrci.com/default.aspx In all actuality, why was the exponentially less expensive, and just as reliable direct impingement weapon platform that has been fine for all of these years, and used even more extensively without issue, been abandoned for this very expensive, unproven trinket, that does not perform reliably?
Our EYES tell us that the city knows all of this, and still went ahead with the deal; a deal for 350 rifles to the tune of $612,000 with an agreement for more purchases of 50 at a time costing $87,000. The same number of Colt, Sig, Smith &Wesson or Rock River direct impingement rifles would have cost the city approximately $280,000 with the next 50 costing $40,000 and these rifles are perfectly fine. That is half the price for rifles that we already know work. This is what happens when you look a little deeper.
Our EYES tell us that current APD Major Tim Gonterman is very friendly with the owners of BMC Tactical. In fact we are hearing that this deal may have been greased also, but we will leave it up to our readers to make up their minds, considering the current trends and patterns of this type of behavior in regards to those running things in this out of control city.
Were these rifles chosen because BMC is one of two NM vendors who can get them?
Were these rifles chosen to inflate the price for profit?
Was BMC chosen because they were friends with the Major?
Why the rush to buy these specific rifles when the US Government is providing rifles to departments all the time across the country?
Something is not right here but we here at the EYE have burned your ear long enough on the issue. You decide.