Hello! In a couple of weeks, I’m heading up to the New England Blogshoot. So, I’ve been checking my Ammo Supply, and I think I’d better do my Restocking now rather than wait until I get back. So, I’ll be heading to My Buddy the Ammo Reloader’s place and get some “Plinking Grade” stuff, then head for the Ye Olde Gunne Shoppe to get some of the Calibers he might not have. However, this week, “Something Happened” that might be affecting all of us.
Do to Tzar Vladimir Putin’s Thugocracy trying to bring the Ukraine back into Imperial Russia, The Anointed One’s Admin just put Sanctions on the Russian Defense Industry. That includes Small Arms and Ammo Importation. In other words, I expect that all the Russian 7.62x54R, 7.62×39 and the Rifles that use those Calibers to dry up soon. And since I like my SKS, Uh-Oh. Time to break out the Plastic! Now, granted, there’s Eastern European stuff out there, but I suspect that those of you who roll with the ComBloc Weapons as your Primary Arms may have to retire them. I don’t think it will get as bad as a couple of years ago, but I can see Russian Ammo being the New 22LR, i.e. Rare, Rationed and Expensive.
But there’s Good News. I’m seeing “Slightly Shot” ARs hitting the Used Gun Racks up here by Cleveland going for $600. Semi-Auto 9mm and 40 S+Ws are available and at a “Decent” Price. And they can’t give away Bolt Actions and Shotguns. Revolver Ammo is still Pricey, though, and .22LR is still High Cost and Rationed, Damn It!
But this leads me to another point. I think, that in the year 2014, we all need the following calibers in our Stores, and the Firearms to shoot them. 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington, 9mm and 12 gauge. I’m now considering these to be my MANDATORY Stock. Why you ask? Simple.
These are the Calibers that the U.S. Military uses. And if the Antis ever pass some sort of “Mexican Ammunition Ban on Military Calibers,” this will enable one to feed any “Stray BattleField Pick-Ups” that the U.S. Military might “Lose.”
“Oh, Les, now you’re being Paranoid! The U.S. Government won’t ever use Troops against its Citizens!” Maybe not Today. But if this Admin feels that its Agenda will be Dismantled after the Mid-Terms, well, who knows what a Trapped Rat will do? So, just in case…besides, those Firearms and those Calibers are Cheaper than they were a couple of years ago. For example. In March 2013, My Buddy the Surplus Dealer was selling .223 for a Buck a Round and GETTING IT. Today, I can buy it in Bulk for under $.40 a pop. That’s a 60% drop.
Now, IMHO, it wouldn’t hurt to also stock up on 7.62 NATO/.308 Win., .40 S+W, .38 Special/.357 Magnum and 20 Gauge Shotgun. The 7.62 is for a “Scoped Deer Rifle”; the .40 S+W because it never ran out AND a lot of LEOs use them; the .38Special/.357 Magnum for all the Snubbies and K-Frames still out there (mostly for those Stuck Behind Enemy Lines in the VolksRepubliks with their “Ammo Capacity” restrictions, and they can be used in Lever Guns for the same reason); and 20 Gauge for those who need something a little lighter on the Shoulder.
But as for all the rest? I’m looking at Availability and Restocking Issues in the year 2014, not a “My Caliber is BETTER than Yours” argument. The days of getting MilSurp .30-06 in Bulk at the Gun Show are gone. .22LR availability is a Crime, and all the rest of them are not readily kept in Gooberment Inventory anymore. And Lord knows what the Russian Situation is going to turn into. So, if you want to carry your 1911 and use your Garand, go for it. Just keep in mind, that restocking them in case of a Future “Balloon Going Up” scenario will be HARD. Recall January 2013. But even if you HATE them, I’d stick an AR, a 9mm and a 12 Gauge Pump in the back of the Safe, “Just in Case.” And LOTS of Ammo, Magazines, Cleaning Gear, LBEs/Vests and Spare Parts for them. And don’t forget the Batteries!
But unlike most Political Hacks, I’m willing to Admit that I could be mistaken. So What Say You? Bubblehead Les Out.