Well, the eagle has landed, folks.
The illogical and capricious nature of gun laws (I’m still waiting to hear what the problem with barrel shrouds is) renders them vulnerable to circumvention by engineering changes, or even cosmetic changes. Where there is a will, there is a way.
The development of bizarre AR-15 features like thumbhole stocks, fixed-magazines fed by stripper clips, bullet-buttons, single-shot operation, lever-action and pump action were driven by the need to circumvent specifically-worded gun laws.
In the wake of the SAFE Act in NY, Black Rain Ordnance created a snake-like stock to render their otherwise-stock AR15 NY-legal. Goofy-looking, but functional.
And now Ares Defense has redesigned the AR15 lower receiver to allow a traditional Monte Carlo stock to be attached (alas this particular shoulder thing will not go up), rendering the final product legal to own in CT without registering it as an assault weapon. They promised it back in April, but it is in stores right now.
Well, most of the ammo shortages that we have experienced over the last few years are not a problem at the moment.
We visited Hoffman’s in Newington, CT over the weekend and they had virtually every handgun & longarm ammo conceivable. Pallets, literally pallets, of .223, .380, 9mm, .40S&W and .45acp; both range ammo and defensive ammo, in multiple bullet weights for each caliber. Every hunting caliber was available. Even ammo for Tokarev and Nagant handguns was available.
I have read a lot of articles about the ammo shortage. Some on the internet, some in glossy gun magazines. Lots of people claim to be able to explain the situation, but no one seems to be able to point to any proof that they are right.
2 weekends back I went to a major dealer in CT to see what ammo they had.
Pallets, literally, of .40S&W, .45acp, .223 and .380. Enough hunting ammo to keep people’s rifles sighted in. A little .38. A single countertop display of match .22 for $12.99/50 rounds. And no 9mm at all.
I personally bought a Ruger SR22 many months ago to address the lack of 9mm, but now there is no .22 to be had! My .40 and .45 guns are getting more frequent workouts because I can replace any ammo I use in them.
If all you have are 9mm and .22 caliber guns, you’re pretty much out of luck. At what point do you step up and buy a new gun in a caliber that you can feed?
I have been in 3 stores in the past week that all had .22 ammo in stock.
100-round plastic boxes of Winchester HP, bulk tubs of Remington Golden Bullet, 50-round boxes of Federal Target, 100-round boxes of Remington Viper, 50-round boxes of Fiocchi Official 320 and Remington Eley Match EPS.
All had limits on the quantity that a single customer could buy.
A friend found bulk boxes of 9mm at Dick’s. Other than that one opportunity, I haven’t seen any brass-cased 9mm for sale for a month.
.30-30 ammo has been scarce too.
But I have seen plenty of .223.
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…