Friday, August 19, 2016

Buy Ammo While You Can

Here we go again… In 2013 I found myself in a large chain sporting goods store. I was staring at shelves, empty shelves, on the ammo aisle. What was I looking for? Any of the caliber that I was shooting at that time. What was available? 38 special and 357 mag. At the time I did not have a gun of that caliber. As I was staring at the empty shelves with 3 other guys I said, “I wish I had bought that Colt Python I saw at the gun show last month.” They all looked at me and nodded an understanding nod. Then started the search for ammo, almost any ammo, that only stopped last year. Now I go to Walmart and they even have .22 LR. I just went to a Bass Pro and bought a pound of powder and 100 each of small pistol and small rifle primers. I’ve been doing that occasionally for about a year now. I get the feeling I should step it up a little. November is an election (as if you didn’t know). I get the feeling that you should have the bulk of what you feel you need to have in the wake of a massive assault on guns. For the life of me I can’t understand why liberals can’t wrap their mind around the fact that criminals are not interested in what is legal or not, they do what they want. Let’s say that we say as of today that you must have a license to just own a gun. Any firearm. Would criminals just turn in their guns or become licensed? Of course not. The same goes for the mentally ill. They are probably not interested in the fact that their possession of a gun is not legal. Tougher laws do not make a difference. And if liberals think tougher laws do control crime, then why doesn’t the death penalty stop murder?
President Obama intends to “rule from on high” and “intend(s) to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”
As I have said before, what the President proposes will not stop another Sandy Hook. He keeps appealing to common sense gun laws. The problem is, these laws are not common sense. Common sense tells you that no law can stop someone determined to kill. I just can’t see a mentally ill person, a criminal, or a terrorist saying “Darn, I can’t buy a gun legally, guess I can’t fulfill my evil plan.” These laws are already in place and have failed in other countries. The only way to stop something like Sandy Hook from happening is to confiscate ALL the guns. Then you might stop it. Unless the determined nut job decides to use a bomb, or a knife, or a car, or a hammer. Outlawing AR-15’s won’t slow this down, but confiscating them will. That is if you can get them all. If you can’t, don’t try and make anyone believe you will stop it OR even slow it down. That is a pipe dream. Making things illegal or hard to get won’t make a difference to someone determined. I’m not advocating confiscation, because I don’t think you can. Even if you could, it would be wrong.
On February 13 of 2015 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) proposed reclassification of "5.56mm constituent projectiles of SS109 and M855 cartridges" from the category of "primarily used for sporting purposes" to that of "armor piercing ammunition."
It’s interesting to note that lots of rifle bullets have the capacity to pierce armor.
ATF AP Classified Rounds
• All KTW, ARCANE, and THV ammo
• Czech made 9mm Para. with steel core
• German made 9mm Para. with steel core
• MSC .25 ACP with brass bullet
• BLACK STEEL armor and metal piercing ammunition
• 7.62mm NATO AP and SLAP
• PMC ULTRAMAG with brass bullet (not copper)
• OMNISHOCK .38 Special with steel core
• 7.62×39 ammo with steel core bullets
Why pick on 5.56 ammo? I think it’s because of the steel tip in “green tip” ammo, though the ATF has exempted this ammo. And does anyone expect us to believe that President Obama and the White House did not know this was happening? I’m not saying the President was behind it, although I’m pretty sure he knew about, supported, and was for the BATF testing the waters. I think that’s what this was. Let’s see what would happen if we reclassified some ammo of the gun we want to ban.
What does all this mean to you and me? It means that there are powers out there conspiring to disarm the general populace. I don’t know if it is as obvious as President Obama, but if it’s not, it’s someone who can influence liberal minds and hearts. It doesn’t really matter who it is, but it matters that we fight it and prepare for it.
If you don’t have a food storage program for your family you should have one. If you don’t have a bug out plan then you should. If you don’t have a defense plan you should also. If guns are not part of that plan that is fine. But if they are, you should be “stocking up”. Now please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating going nuts and buying 5,000 rounds of whatever. What I am saying is you should have a target number. If you have a hunting rifle and a shotgun for self-defense you should determine what you want to store in the way of ammunition, accessories, and parts for those weapons you have.
On March 10, 2015 the BATF released a statement confirming that the reclassification proposal was stopped indefinitely due to overwhelming public commentary opposing it. Really? What a surprise… Well that test was successful. They now know it was the wrong time to try and take away ammunition. But with this debacle came a reality that we must be vigilant. I bought a .223/5.56 bullet mold during that time. I want a way to not render my .223 a club. I have plenty of components to reload because I have been doing it for years. My suggestion to you is to do the same.
Reloading kits are not extremely expensive. Buy a press and the necessities to reload. Start with getting the die of the caliber you feel you will need the most. Slowly get the equipment and learn how to reload.
I gather brass from shooting ranges that allow this. Free brass is a plus. I have slowly amassed a goal number of pounds of gunpowder, bullets, and primers. You should do the same.
I would also suggest that you have a plan to store ammunition. It is legal to store as much of reloading components and ammo that you want in most places, but be aware that these things are flammable. Ammo will not spontaneously explode and neither will primers or gunpowder, but they should be cared for as you would other dangerous materials such as propane or gasoline.
I have guns for preparedness. Food with hunting. Defense. I don’t think I’ll ever have to go against this government but that is always possible. So is fighting an invading force. I’m not really planning on a combat situation, but it is possible if not probable.
Someone has asked if I would give up my guns? I’m not sure. I’ll know when faced with it what to do. Would I ever advocate breaking the law to keep your guns? No, I would not. But you need to decide when your government has over stepped its bounds. There may come a time when you need to resist by saying No! Be very sure and be very careful. There have been many “militia” movements that have not ended well.
In the end, I want to only encourage you to prepare for a time when ammo is scarce or difficult to obtain.
If you are not familiar with Clive Bundy and his grievance with bureau of land management take a look. I’m not real familiar with it but it seems that Mr Bundy had a problem with paying grazing fees on federal land in Nevada. I’m not sure why there is federal land in Nevada, maybe it’s connected to a park or a base. Anyway, there was even an armed stand-off with this. I admit the federal government is over reaching and has done some bone-headed things, but don’t become a Clive Bundy. I can see fighting this out in court, which it now is in the process of going through. That’s what he should have done all along. Being armed against an armed BLM was stupid. You’re only asking for it. Standing up for our rights or protesting should never turn violent. That gets you nowhere.
Prepare as best you can, as soon as you can. Don’t go to extreme, follow counsel and the Spirit. Do not panic!
Semper Paratus
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Burn

1 comment:

thinkingman said...

Well said! And, as always, well written. ( Yes, I am a lurker ) If only more people had the will to admit that the shortages will be more than merely inconvenient
, and saying "no" to confiscation may entail more than bidding those who come to have a good day. I am not a member of LDS, but I listen and learn. I feel LDS are likely the best preppers ever, as they are always ready. The time to have enough set aside can come in an instant, and then it is past time to prep. It's like the saying regarding burying a cache of arms- if it's time to think about burying them, it's time to dig them up for use.