What Would Trade Sanctions Imposed On China To Put Pressure On North Korea Do To The Price And Availability Of All The Things You Buy?

In light of recent international events, we need to get ahead of what could be significant price increases and restricted availability of supply for virtually all the products we sell.  This week, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation’s made a statement to the U.N. that the U.S. will not allow countries doing business with North Korea to continue to do business as usual with the U.S.  If this becomes a reality, then we could impose high tariffs on Chinese goods or prohibit altogether the importation of certain products from China.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday called for the cessation of trade with any nation that continues to do business with North Korea in violation of U.N. resolutions.

For Chinese goods, this means prices will go up and supply availability will be affected.  The impact on products made in other countries, as well as those made in the U.S, is the same.  If we cannot obtain Chinese-made products, the demand for similar products made everywhere else, including the U.S., will rise.  This higher demand means higher prices in the U.S.  This will not only disrupt the availability of products, but could raise prices by as much as double digit %’s on many of the goods we purchase for you, regardless of where they are made. Add in the additional panic buying by commercial and civilian customers and we know what the impact will be on our products.

Having been in the law enforcement industry for years and with current year Agency budgets ending in the next few months, I believe this is a key time to evaluate our risk in waiting until the last minute to place our fiscal year end purchases, both yours as Agencies and ours as a distributor.   You see – we are in this with you.

CMC Government Supply currently, and has historically, held quote pricing for 30 days.  As this situation in the global and U.S. economy develops in the coming days, we may need to reduce this time frame.  To even consider this is unheard of in our company’s history.

I think of it this way….  The worst case scenario is pricing and availability changes rapidly and without notice, resulting in high prices, long lead times and possibly limited product availability.  The best case scenario is this all gets resolved with business as usual.  However, it is generally accepted that just the anticipation of increased tariffs will impact prices and availability no matter where our products are made.  If this is the case, our industry, like most others, would find it hard to escape the price squeeze.  By placing our orders sooner versus later and locking in current pricing and availability, we can mitigate some of the risk.  This is not a call for increased spending.  It is an appeal for informed decision-making by thinking through the timing of your budgeted purchasing plan.

These are just my thoughts.  Please consider this when planning for your upcoming fiscal year end purchases.  We are in this with you, and will do our best to continue to support you.

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Heckler & Koch’s Striker Fired VP9SK Subcompact 9mm Now Available

Heckler & Koch‘s eagerly anticipated striker fired subcompact VP9SK (9 mm) has all of the sought-after characteristics of the larger frame VP models but in a more compact design.

HK VP9SK at CMC Government SupplyWith a retail price of $719, the VP9SK continues HK’s trend of affordability in a superior quality handgun. CMC Government Supply’s selling price is much less and the VP9SK is available now on the CMC First Responder and CMC HK Individual Officer Purchase Program. Qualified purchasers for the HK Individual Officer, Veteran and First Responder personal purchase program include:

  • All sworn Law Enforcement Officers, including state, county and city
  • All Federal Law Enforcement Officers
  • All Corrections Officers, including Parole and Probation Officers
  • All retired Law Enforcement Officers with retired credentials
  • State licensed Security Company Officers
  • Licensed Para-Medics and EMTs
  • Fire Fighters (including volunteers)
  • Court Judges
  • Federal Flight Deck Officers
  • District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys
  • Active and Retired Military personnel – all branches. Form DD2 required
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans with form DD214

The VP9SK is made in Germany and carries HK’s Lifetime Warranty.

A small-scale version of the completely adjustable VP grip feature — consisting of interchangeable backstraps and lateral grip panels — is present in the compact grip frame of the VP9SK. This allows the pistol to be easily modified to fit any individual user and is a feature found only on Heckler & Koch handguns. Molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting.

The highly-rated HK VP precision strike trigger is also part of the VP9SK. The VP trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action break followed by a short positive reset. The result is trigger quality unmatched in most production striker fired pistols.

“The VP9SK is the right combination of compact size and firepower for a subcompact — and it’s loaded with unique HK features like our adjustable ergonomic grip — the only grip in the industry that can be customized to fit any shooter,” said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial Sales and Marketing. “The VP9SK possesses the accuracy and durability that shooters know they can expect from a Heckler & Koch pistol. ”

The VP9SK has all the features of the latest, state-of-the-art handgun. Every control is completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the paddle style magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.

HK’s patented charging supports, introduced on full size VP pistols, are also present on the VP9SK. The charging supports are simple, polymer inserts that are mounted on each side of the rear of the slide and provide better gripping leverage for racking the slide rearward. The charging supports speed reloading and make operating VP series handguns easier for shooters with reduced hand strength.

VP9SK pistols have an abbreviated Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into their polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories. A proprietary captive flat recoil spring helps VP9SK pistols reduce the recoil forces affecting the operator and the handgun, improving shooter control during rapid firing and prolonging component life span.

VP9SK pistols can use a variety of proven HK magazines, including compact double stack 10-rounders with flat or hooked, ergonomic floorplates. New 13-round and 15-round magazines with magazine sleeves that replicate the grip profile of the full size VP will also be available later in the year.

The HK VP9SK is available now at CMC Government Supply.