Articles published in February, 2009
Here is the question. (Or set of question’s)
From what I have been hearing, there are a lot, and when I say lot I mean boat loads of new gun owner’s and ccw registrant’s today compared to last year this time. Grandparent’s, elderly young, and all ages in between buying firearms and ammunition for the first time. Why is this? Do they know something we do not know? I keep hearing that this country is running out of ammunition, as I am sure you are hearing something similar. First off let’s get this handled. These people saying we are running out of ammunition are either lying or stupid. If you think about it, all this is, is supply side economics’. Demand is high so the price goes up, when the demand goes back down to normal the price will come back down. Ammunition production has and will be ramped up to meet the needs of the public. With that said, the same can not be said for firearm’s. In part it can be, but, it is a lot harder to ramp up manufacturing of firearm’s then it is for ammunition. Like oil the firearm manufacturer’s can implement a fake shortage in the amount of firearms in the marketplace to drive up the price. As I can see it that IS NOT happening now. They are trying to keep up with the demand and simply can not. The amount of people purchasing firearm’s for the first time is unprecedented, and the manufacturer’s can not keep up. I spoke with a gun shop owner earlier today who was telling me, that he can not get enough AR’s in stock. All he can get at one time is 3, and they are sold as soon as they hit the shop. This is down from 30 AR’s at a pop. Why AR’s? well obama has stated he will re-implement the “assault” weapon ban. OK who care’s, why so many people out buying them for the first time?
That is a very good question. I can not answer it, can you? All I will state from here on out is pure speculation, and I am in no way recommending anything is any way. Nor am I suggesting anyone do anything. That just had to be said before I continued. There are people all over the country reenacting the Boston Tea Party of the late 1700′s. problem is these people are not historical enactor’s. these are people furious with the way the country is going today. Especially with the obama spending bill. I am hearing utterance’s of a civil war breaking out. Is this why people all over the country buying guns and ammo? Or is it more likely that people are fearing that they may need to protect themselves from civil unrest? Or what is most likely is that people are afraid that with the economy the way it is, people think they may need to protect themselves and their property?
Whatever the case may be fact is, prices are going up on firearm’s and ammunition. People are scared. So what can you do about it? Not much, other then be prepared for everything. Pray for peace, but, prepare for war. If you feel the need to stock up, do it. Don’t complain about the price’s while doing it though. Don’t go crazy carrying shotgun’s and AR’s around. Act as you did 2 years ago. To be honest I carry at least 1 of my pistols at all time. Thing is, I was doing that 2 years ago. At home I keep my AR and shotgun as well as my pistol’s within arm’s reach. Was I doing that 2 years ago? No I was not. Truth be told I just don’t feel as safe as I did then. If you are like me just be cautious like I am. This is all food for thought, not a suggestion, or an order.
what is the best way to store ammunition in a residence?
In case of fire the ammunition would explode, not allowing firefighters to put out the fire. What about those military containers? they are not bulletproof?? So what is the best and safest way to store ammunition in case of fire particularly?
Ammunition not contained in a barrel of some sort has little danger of shooting anyone in a fire. They pop and bang but really have no force behind them. In a gun, the gun powder ignites and propels the bullet down the barrel at a rapid rate. Without the barrel or the containment of the case, a bullet just doesn’t have any inertia behind it. A fire proof safe is always a good investment and probably the best answer but, if you can’t afford one, the cheap military surplus ammo cans are a good substitute. Think about it, they are designed to store what ? …..Ammunition. As far as with children in the mix, a keycode combination lock safe or regular key safe. Either way you need to keep it out of reach of children
Surplus 50′s headstamp yugo ammunition, 8 cents per round
Surplus 70′s headstamp romainian ammunition, 17 cents per round
New PMC ammuntion, 21 cents per round
New federal ammunition, 45 cents per round
New Wolf gold line ammuniton, 33 cents per round
All shooting at the range was done from the bench (as per range rules) at 100 or 200 yards. All shooting in the field was done offhand, standing shooting at silhouette targets of jack rabbits and coyotes from 25 to 75 yards,
Before heading to the range, I completely dissasembled and cleaned the rifle. It is important to inspect each part closely for wear and damage. Some of these surplus rifles have been in storage for nearly 50 years and damage can occur. In my case it was found I needed a new firing pin spring. It had been left cocked and the spring “took a set” and wasn’t any good. I picked up a replacement from my local gunsmith on the way to the range. Cost was $1.34.
At the range i fired 5 rounds to clear the barrel of any remaining storage grease or cleaning agent. The first string of shots was five rounds of each type of ammo at 100 yards. All ammo was FMJ target type. I gave the rifle ten minutes to cool off between each shot string. the results are as follows:
Surplus 50′s ammo
2.6″ evenly spaced
Surplus 70′s ammo
1.8 inches with one called flyer at 3.4 inches
2.4 inches 4 touching 1 spaced out
1.2 inches evenly spaced
Wolf Gold ammo
4.4 inches one group of three, one group of two
The second set of tests was 200 yards with the same conditons as above.
Surplus 50′s ammo
4 inches three touching, two singles
Surplus 70′s ammo
2 inches a five shots in a vertical line
1.7 inches all shots clustered tightly
11 inches with all shots in different parts of the target and keyholing
Choosing the right pistol for you is a great feeling to have. I will give you some do’s and don’ts on the process of buying your first firearm.
If you have can not decide or do not know what type of pistol you want, you need to stay away from those people who try to talk you into the higher priced one’s. All those people are trying to do is a make a profit for themselves, not help you. I will like to give an example. You are at a gun show and approach a table and see a gun you like because of its looks. You pick it up and like the way it feels then you look at the price and see that it is somewhat reasonably priced. Lets set a fake cost of $200. The salesmen working behind the counter ask you is there anything particular that you are looking for, and you say well I have never owned a gun before and I am not sure of what I should buy. Gun dealers are usually looking for a profit and will do whatever it takes for you to buy the most expensive model right then and there. If he tells you that no, this one is not a good gun, lets look at this one (and it is more expensive) that is a red flag and you should immediately leave, and don’t worry about being rude. Just go find another dealer with the same firearm who will not try to scam you.
- Like all major purchase’s, take your time before you buy, this firearm may need to save your life some day. Do research on different types of guns and see which one you like. The type of background you need to do is you need to hook up with somebody who has guns already. Someone who will be concered about you and your safety as well as your wallet. Basically not a gun sales rep. J Shoot different types of pistols to get a feel for recoil, how it feels in your hand, and how difficult to breakdown and clean. That gun that you picked out earlier that looked really cool might not shoot the way you were hopping it to. PLEASE do not pick out a firearm just based solely on how it looks. What I mean is all guns shoot differently. Just because it looked cool doesn’t mean you will have the same taste for the gun after you shoot it. They have all different types of calibers for pistols so make sure you find a gun that is the right caliber for you. People might tell you to go to a higher caliber because they think a 9mm would not knock down someone. That person is wrong! Any type of caliber will work. It is all about what type of bullet you have. They have target ammo or plinking ammunition and they have home protection or self defense ammo. The difference is that home protection ammunition is usually some sort of a hollow point bullet. What this means is on impact it not only will go through its target, but it flattens out as well. Causing a much bigger hole in the end. That is what you want in home a protection ammunition.
- The most important thing is to find something that feels good in your hand. God forbid anybody having to pull the trigger on somebody but in reality, it happens everyday. If you ever get put into a situation like that, you need to make sure before hand that you know that you can shoot your gun accurately under all extreme measures. And am willing to pull the trigger. If you don’t shoot when it counts then you wasted your time, money, and have greatly increased the chances you will be killed.
Gun Show Restrictions Proposed in Washington State!
Please Contact Your State Representative Today!
On Thursday, February 19 House Bill 2264 was proposed and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.pan>
This bill would impose sweeping restrictions on our Second Amendment rights and set the stage for a ban on all private firearm sales in Washington State.pan> HB2264 would require that all firearms transactions taking place at gun shows be subjected to background checks, even those occurring between family and friends. Any violations would be a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison.
If passed, gun ban advocates will no doubt call for a ban on all private sales as well, as they have in other states.
No hearing date has been scheduled and the cut-off date for bills to leave their committee is this Wednesday, February 25.pan>
While the crossover deadline is on Wednesday, legislative rules can often be circumvented. This is a serious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and it must be stopped.pan> pan>pan>pan style=”font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana;”>Please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge them to oppose this bill. pan> Contact information can be found here.
American ammunition also know as A-Merc, is a fine ammunition and a pleasure to shoot. I have shot it in both 9mm and 45 ACP. It is very clean ammo residue wise. A-Merc shoot’s straight and true and is made of high quality manufacturing. Your used shells make for great reloading as well. I would personally mark it right below Winchester brand, just below. If you want high quality fun ammunition to shoot with try a box of A-Merc – American Ammunition.
Save money when you go for target practice. OK here is the best way to save money when you go to the range to target practice. It all started when I starting shooting my pistols at the Olympia police shooting range. (Which is now closed to the public) They did not allow human silhouette targets, and I wanted to be able to hit someone in the head if I was ever forced to use my pistol’s in self defense. The nice thing about Washington state is it is a stand your ground state. Anyway, the police shooting range was charging $1.00 for 5 targets. I wanted to save money and get more accurate at the same time. So I went out and bought a pack of paper plates at the dollar store, and yes paid about a buck. Anyway if you take a paper plate and turn it over it makes a great target to shoot at. Get a black marker at the same dollar store and you’ve paid 2 bucks. You can then draw your own targets. If you look at a paper plate flipped over it is about the same size of an average man’s face. So I think you can begin to get the picture of how I can get to be a good shoot. Well it worked so well I took paper plates to the range I go to now to practice with my AR and my 308. again hit it at distance with your riffle you can just about bull’s eye anything. To sum it up, use paper plates instead of silhouette’s until you can bull’s eye them. Then move to the real thing, or not, but this tactic can and will save you money as well as improving your aim.
45 ACP Ammunition Price alert great buy at $19.99 a box. This is not trash ammunition either. PMC 45 ACP for $19.99. If you own a 45 ACP or are planning on getting one, this ammo at this price GREAT buy. Head on over to buy.
Winchester Ammunition Review
I have shot all kinds of ammunition over the years. To date the finest ammunition I have ever shoot was the Winchester brand. The old adage you get what you pay for rings true for Winchester ammo. It is expensive, however it is well worth the price. I had a chance to shoot the 9MM Lugar version of it. Hands down and by far it was the cleanest in residue I have ever shoot.
Also if you are into reloading, the used shells are almost perfect for reloading. (In my mind perfection should always be reached for but is never achievable) I have heard from reloader’s that the Winchester shells can be reloaded several times. So if that is the case one box can pay for it’s self. Also it is the straightest shooting ammunition I have ever shoot as well. Some people will correctly say it’s not the ammo it’s the shooter. In my case though that is not quite accurate. If I can get within the 10 circle with Winchester and on the line or just outside the 10 circle with say American Eagle then it is the ammo. (By the way that is at 25 yards or 75 feet) My advice is everyone should have at least 1 box of Winchester ammo for each of their weapon’s just in case. (I sure do) When I go plinking or target practice I use the Winchester ammo along with the other ammo I bring. When I’m done I always replace it. Also everyone should at least shoot one box of Winchester for every firearm they have just to see how it shoots, even if you never plan to keep it in stock. Shoot it once and I think you will agree with me on this issue.