Today I went to one of the local Eastern Krasnovian outfitters—you know, the BIG one—and did some shopping for ammo and reloading items. I knew the pickings would be thin, but I was there more out of curiosity than anything else. As expected, the firearm section, and by extension the ammo section, was picked over pretty well.
The gun racks had huge holes in them with nothing to fill them but empty space. A phenomenon I have never experienced in this particular place before. At least when I was at Sportsman’s Warehouse last week, the holes were filled with duck guns and deer rifles—at this place the cupboards were bare.
Ammunition as you might expect was picked over pretty well too. I don’t know how it got missed, but there was a sealed ammo can full of American Eagle 150 grain .308 (7.62 NATO)—which amounted to 200 rounds. Yes, I snatched it up even though it was selling for about 90 cents a round… but I had a coupon which brought the price back down to 75 cents a round, which was fair.
I went over to the reloading section and as you might expect the bullets, brass, powders and primers were practically wiped out. I found two 100-round boxes of 55 grain .224 bullets for sale at $23.99 a box. I decided to pass. I still had some bullets in Ye Olde Man Cave and wasn’t that desperate… yet. There was some smokeless powder available so I got some of that, and I’m still in great shape on primers from when I stocked up back in ‘08.
After that I moved on to Walmart and that’s when it really got shocking. The ammo section was practically wiped out and the staff told me that their warehouse was empty and there was no telling when any new ammo was going to show up. The auto-pistol cartridges were almost all gone—in fact I got the last box of .45 ACP FMJ in the store. They were even short on cartridges that have nothing to do with “assault rifles.” They had only one box of .270 Winchester some .243 and a handful of 30-30… frankly, it was a bit scary. The good news is that if you shoot .338 Win Mag or 7mm you are good to go.
It was a humbling experience.
I’m not sure that the government will successfully implement the new gun control measures that they are discussing right now, but I would venture to say that people out there are a bit edgy. I really hope things settle down a bit… but if you tune in to MSNBC you’ll find plenty of talking heads focusing on the gun control debate like a laser, and doing their damnedest to keep stirring the pot.
This is far from over that much is for sure.