The argument FOR uncommon calibers

It is often professed that a weapons stockpile should consist of arms in common calibers for one very important reason: Resupply. Due to the sheer volume of rounds with calibers such as 9mm, 45ACP, .223, .308, and .22LR if things get bad these calibers will always be readily available.

Maybe not.

Remember the months and months that followed Sandy Hook? It was extremely difficult to find ANY common calibers unless one was willing to pay some extremely inflated prices. I would visit my local gun shop, Academy, Wal-Mart, and DICK’s and there was no 9mm, no .223/5.56, no .22LR. Those were the calibers at the time I was searching for. There was also no 45ACP, no .308, and no .380.  I also could not find any .30 Carbine. I did see 10mm sitting on the shelves. There sitting lonely covered with dust were other calibers such as .270, .300 Winchester Magnum, and even .30-06 occasionally. Back then even the .22 Magnum was readily available for quite some time.

I totally understand the theory that the chances of coming across common ammunition such as 9mm and .223 whether via battlefield pickup, scavenging, or bartering is much greater than finding .41 Magnum. Absolutely I agree.

I remember after Sandy Hook two things:

  1.  I wish I had stocked up on more ammunition when I had the chance.
  2.  I wish I had owned a couple of guns such a .22 Magnum and 10mm.

Lessons learned. Next time – and there will be a next time – be stocked up on what you need BEFORE a shortage happens.

Take care all –

JR

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