Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, February 1, 2013


I visited a Cabela's today. I had last visited it in mid-November. Back then, they had overflowing displays of ammunition. Today, not so much. About all they had a lot of was 7.62x39mm.

In the reloading section, they had no pistol primers whatsoever. Most of the more common sizes of bullets were not to be had.

Nowhere, in any of the bills that I am aware of (outside of moronic states such as NY and NJ), is anyone proposing limiting ammunition sales. Nobody anywhere that I know of is proposing limiting sales of reloading supplies. But that doesn't stop every panicky Cletus from buying up a shitload of ammunition as soon as the truck from the warehouse is unloaded.

Last Saturday, I went to the range to do a little shooting. It was a fine day, sunny, no serious wind, not very cold. It was the sort of day that normally would have had shooters out in droves to get in a little winter trigger-time. Not this time around. I was the only one on the pistol range. There was one shooter on the rifle range.

Don't quite know what the various Cletii are going to do with all of the cartridges that they are hoarding. But once this is over, maybe the prices will come down.

Cabela's also had a number of AR-15 magazines. They felt as though they were made from recycled single-use food containers. They were $29.95 and they looked as though that was twenty times what it cost to make them. They were so sucky that it was no wonder that even the local Cletii weren't foolish enough to buy them.


Eck! said...

Because security theater works.

They are trying to ban rifles, specific rifles when rifles (all flavors) are used in crimes involving guns less than 3% of the time.

Its still the big lie. Told by liers. With the goal of creating fear.


Unknown said...

At our nearest Gander Mountain .308/7.62 NATO, 7.62 Commie, and .223/5.56 NATO were nowhere to be found. 9x19mm, .45 ACP, .380 ACP (WTF?) and .40 S&W were down to a few boxes of the least appealing loads. .22 rimfire had been picked over pretty thoroughly, as had .357 Magnum. .38 Special was in somewhat better shape, and--as in the Panic of '08--there was all the .30-30, .30-06, .270 Winchester, and .243 Winchester you could rake into a wheelbarrow. This gave me ideas, lemme tell ya, since every one of those chamberings will do everything the 'tactically correct' ones will do and will, in many cases, do it better.

Personally I stocked up on 12 gauge and .45-70. Got soaked thoroughly on the latter, but mainly because I went for the 'Cowboy' loads.

Comrade Misfit said...

Other than maybe close-in rate of fire, agreed. A .30-06 will reach out to ranges where most AR-15 shooters would have to resort to cursing. I've heard that the Islamic guerrillas in the Philippines were wreaking havoc on the Army troops-- the insurgents had M-1s and were shooting at the soldiers from 600+ yards. The soldiers had M-16s and couldn't reach back.

Frank W. James said...

There could be another aspect to this, Misfit.

Have you checked the interest rates on a Band CD lately? Ammo has been going up about 10% per annum over the past few years and currently the banks are only paying .2% to .3% interest if you have some cash you want to deposit.

When all this crap hit I was in the process of buying a bunch of .223 Rem. ammo as an investment. Didn't get it done cause I was stupid and haggling over 4 cents a round on a 50,000 round order and now I'm told it will be a minimum of 8 to 10 months before the supply pipeline refills and I can resume haggling.

But my point is buying ammo, holding it and reselling it later for the current retail value pays better than what the Banks and Bonds are willing to pay by a wide margin. (Plus, it has other uses as well should the need arise.)

Just my twist on this situation...

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Comrade Misfit said...

Might be something to that. I bought a can of 7.62x54R 7N1 ammo in `08 for $70. It now sells for north of $200.

bearsense said...

It isn't just the stores. All the internet dealers are out !! Even .22LR

Comrade Misfit said...

I know. A friend has suggested that I try bullseye shooting. I could get a S&W M22 for sub-$300. But the problem then is that I'd have no source of ammunition.

It is frigging insanity.