Archive for Ammo
In light of recent events the discussion of magazine capacity has been coming up alot lately. I have alot of old school friends who believe that 5 shots from a revolver is more than enough for any self defense situation and I think in many cases they’re right.
But what about those few times when more rounds may be the difference between life and death? What about those times when your aim just isn’t what it should be because as much as u train, when its a real situation, you might need more capacity to get rounds on target?
Capacity is something that over the last few years I’ve become more and more of a proponent of just based on my own ideology changing because of my turn towards prepping. Now I won’t get into any prepping tips in this article but one thing that has been impressed upon me because of prepping is that its always better to be overprepared than underprepared and I feel this should be just as relevant for self defense as it is for prepping.
I won’t start spouting off statistics (but I do encourage everyone to do their own research) but after doing my own studying on this topic I’ve found that the difference between stopping a threat and not stopping a threat was more dependent on rounds on target than it was caliber (not that it was the only factor, just a more determining factor). This told me that capacity is definitely an issue that should be addressed and considered when choosing a firearm for any defensive situation.
My recommendations are to carry the largest capacity firearm in a suitable self defense caliber (9mm and up in a semi-auto & .38spl & up in a revolver) in the size your able and willing to carry. So for instance if your willing to carry a full sized firearm then by all means carry a good doublestack .45acp pistol, that should give you at least 14+1 capacity which is a very effective package. If however your going to be carrying something like a compact or sub-compact firearm then your doing yourself a favor by going with a smaller caliber like 9mm that can give u greater capacity than a .45acp, especially in a sub compact where the difference can be 12+1 for a 9mm and 6+1 for a .45acp.
Again I always recommend doing your own research before making self defense decisions but keep these things in mind. I too was a all American .45acp loving Texas boy, born and raised, but after a little studying it became clear that while .45acp will always be #1 in my heart, it might not be right for every situation.
As always the anti-gun crowd are back in full force. In light of the recent events in Aurora, Colorado and all the fear pushing the media and politicians have been doing, a new magazine capacity restriction bill is on the table and rumor has it that its up for a vote as early as July 31 2012.
Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Bob Menendez (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Schumer and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) have gotten together to add an amendment SA 2575, to the the Cyber Security Bill, S. 3414, that’s up for a vote in the next few days.
The wording of this amendment is almost identical to the magazine restrictions in the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. The Amendment is as follows …..
S.3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 …. SA 2575
SEC. ll. PROHIBITION ON TRANSFER OR POSSESSION OF LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES. (a) DEFINITION.—Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (29) the following: ”(30) The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding device’— ”(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; but ”(B) does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”. (b) PROHIBITIONS.—Section 922 of such title is amended by inserting after subsection (u) the following: ”(v)(1)(A)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii), it shall be unlawful for a person to transfer or possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device.
”(ii) Clause (i) shall not apply to the possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise lawfully possessed within the United States on or before the date of the enactment of this subsection.
”(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to import or bring into the United States a large capacity ammunition feeding device. ”(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to—
”(A) a manufacture for, transfer to, or possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, or a transfer to or possession by a law enforcement officer employed by such an entity for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty);
”(B) a transfer to a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining an on-site physical protection system and security organization required by Federal law, or possession by an employee or contractor of such a licensee on-site for such purposes or off- site for purposes of licensee-authorized training or transportation of nuclear materials;
”(C) the possession, by an individual who is retired from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving ammunition, of a large capacity ammunition feeding device transferred to the individual by the agency upon that retirement; or
”(D) a manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device by a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General.”.
(c) PENALTIES.—Section 924(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘(8) Whoever knowingly violates section 922(v) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”.
(d) IDENTIFICATION MARKINGS.—Section 923(i) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following: ”A large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after the date of the enactment of this sentence shall be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured after such date of enactment, and such other identification as the Attorney General may by regulation prescribe.”
So there we have it in all its glory. Right now we must act and act quickly. Call, email and write your enators daily until this go to the floor for a vote. We have to stop this from passing, otherwise we’ll end up back in the dark days of the Assault Weapons Ban.
Well you’ve probably noticed that ammo prices seem to be creeping up lately. They’ve actually been slowly creeping up for about the last 6 months but it appears that only recently have people begun to notice.
So why do prices seem to be going up and what seem to be the most commonly affected calibers?
First we’ll answer the caliber question and that’ll help answer the why.
The calibers that seem to be affected the most by this price jump seem to be your most common calibers with 7.62×39 – 9mm – .40S&W – .223/5.56×45 being the most noticable calibers to creep up on price.
So on to the why. Now keep in mind that gun sales are at somewhere over three times what they were three years ago at the end of ’08 begining of ’09. This in itself will increase demand for ammo putting more pressure on manufacturers to do thing like purchase new equipment which can affect prices and availability.
Also if we take notice of the above mentioned calibers that seem to be affected most we can see that the semi-auto pistol and “Tactical” rifle market seems to be affected the most, which makes sense as many new gun owners are purchasing these exact types of firearms.
Another thing we have to take into consideration is, why are there so many new gun owners and why are they purchasing these most common calibers for these types of firearms in such quantities? The answer is simple …….. Politics.
Since the 2008 elections politics have driven gun and ammo sales for many obvious reasons and that in turn affects price …… simple theory of supply and demand.
So here we see it again, less than 6 months before the next election and it seem like along with gun and ammo sales steadily rising that the manufacturers are ahead of the game with supply and demand. They know their product is in high demand for the election and their going to enjoy it while they can.
My advice is as always, stock up on what you can when you can, because ammo is getting a little hard to find and just because we might be getting milked a bit by some manufacturers be assured that with a declining economy and a dollar loosing value that prices won’t be going down anytime soon.
Remember, a gun without ammo is just a funny looking paperweight.