I apologize for the sparse postings lately, but we have been extremely busy fighting the gun grabbers and making preparations for the worst-case scenario. By now you have probably heard the news. The worst-case scenario has come true.
In a knee-jerk response to Sandy Hook, Connecticut’s Democrat-controlled legislature passed a comprehensive array of vague, contradictory, unconstitutional and virtually unenforceable gun laws in the dead of night. Somehow, these idiots think that they can register high-capacity magazines!
The police report on this incident has still not been released.
We still have not seen the autopsy or toxicology reports on the killer.
None of the proposals address mental health.
None of the proposals address school safety.
And the Asshole Governor rammed the law through the legislature under bogus emergency protocols, avoiding public debate and committee review of the law. Someone must be pulling his strings, because Dan Malloy’s former secretary says that he was too stupid to turn on his own computer while mayor of Stamford.
The law took effect immediately, when it was signed by the Asshole Governor at 12:30 at night, but the specifics of the law were not spelled out for dealers or citizens to read. Result: gun stores are sitting on unsaleable guns because this Frankenstein monster of gun laws neglected to exactly define what was and was not permissible under the law. Ammunition manufacturers like Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge can no longer sell to police departments because police departments are not considered a FFL.
Lawsuits have been filed. This will be fought. Many CT-based gun companies are planning to relocate.
Like the rest of you, I am feeling the effects of the ammo shortage.
I am using .22 guns for practice as often as possible. Why? Because 9mm is nearly impossible to find. Not surprising, given its popularity. .223 range ammo (as opposed to defensive/hunting loads) is scarce too. I prefer not to deplete my reserves until that becomes unavoidable. The similarity of the Ruger SR22 to many tactical pistols (in terms of ergonomics and sights) makes it a good alternative for low-cost practice.
What is surprising is how much .380 I am seeing still on shelves. Also, .45acp is usually available, and most of the time .40S&W too.
There’s a lot of factors at play in this shortage; war production, other government contracts, panic buying, hoarding, etc. I cannot say if there is any opportunism or profiteering going on, beyond a few unscrupulous dealers that I make a habit of avoiding. I would imagine that it is a good time to be in the ammo manufacturing business. None of their product will sit idle waiting for a buyer.
Retailers are weary of getting phone calls from ammo-seeking customers. Many of us have uncovered the delivery schedules for our local retailers, and are scheduling visits to coincide with the deliveries to ensure first crack at any ammo they get.
The shooting ranges that I frequent have ammo to supply their shooting customers thus far; they are sick of being asked to sell it to retail customers. One owner hides the boxes so that people won’t see them and ask to buy it.
Hope it loosens up soon…
(Scroll down for updates) I have been looking at bigger-bore revolvers for a while now. Wheelgun reliability + bigger bullets sounded like a winner to me.
The lack of .44SPL ammo availability (and the anemia of the ammo I have seen tested) pushed me away from a Bulldog and towards the Pitbull. 5-shots, stainless steel frame, DA with exposed hammer. And since it’s a revolver, the chamber is “fully supported”. LOL.
I saw one in the case at the newest gun store in the area, Woodbridge Firearms, and I pulled the trigger so to speak. A more complete review will be forthcoming, but here are my initial impressions after a box and a half of ammo:
Crapgame and I have been into several gun stores over the past few months and have heard complaints from the proprietors about shortages of ammo. They order a case, but only get 3 boxes, etc.
This was predicted by other gun bloggers months ago. Brownell’s also mentioned it in their news. I don’t know if it is due to ATK’s government contracts taking up all of the production capacity, or rising prices/scarcity of raw materials.
But even basic stuff like target .22 ammo is hard to find. And I haven’t seen a box of CCI Green Tag in over a year.
Aside from the financial health of the gun industry, one of the few business categories that is showing growth in this economy, this is a supremely bad idea from a man who is notorious for bad ideas.
I hope this idea withers on the vine and never comes to fruition. And that’s all I am going to say on this subject for the time being.
Update 12/04/2012: Nine months on, and I’m beyond baffled. People truly don’t read… In any event, here’s another futile attempt to get people trying to get in touch with Newington Gun Exchange actually in touch with Newington Gun Exchange. At long last, they’ve got a web page — please go here to contact them: http://gunexchangenewington.com/ – we do want people to read our review, but I spend an inordinate amount of time replying to people who clearly don’t pay much attention before getting in touch.
I am somewhat baffled. Yankee Gun Nuts is a blog, we write blog posts (well, to be fair, Gunnutmegger writes a lot of blog posts and I generally keep things running behind the scenes…). We are not, and never have been a gun store. Especially when we started this site a little over a year ago, and occasionally since then, we’ve reviewed a number of gun stores we like in Connecticut.
I guess that because a couple of them, notably Newington Gun Exchange and Bethany Firearms, do not have a web presence, our reviews are ranked the highest in Google when you search for them. Consequently, we receive a significant number of emails from folks who think we are these stores. For a long time, we simply politely responded to these emails, and pointed them in the right direction. To try to clear up the confusion, I made changes to the blog contact page, and the review for the store. I’m not saying people don’t read, but… people don’t read.
Gunnutmegger and I had the pleasure of visiting Newington Gun Exchange last weekend, and talked to the nice folks there — we mentioned the issue, and they told us that their original website was unavailable, and a new one was in production. We’ll happily update our information when they do.
To the best of my knowledge, the contact information listed on the Bethany Firearms page is up to date.
If you would like to contact Newington Gun Exchange, rather than just read our review, here’s their direct information:Newington Gun Exchange 210 Market Square Newington CT, 06111 Phone: (860)667-COLT (2658) Fax: (860)666-5881 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
These are both great stores, and we don’t like to think that we’re making it MORE difficult for them or their customers.