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.
The U.N says it wants bullet control, as well as gun control.
Full article here: U.N. poverty group OXFAM wants bullet control as well as gun control.
The U.N. (which recently proposed making Zimbabwe dictator & mass murderer Robert Mugabe a tourism envoy!) has a long history of anti-gun shenanigans. This anti-bullet focus is just another facet of that.
Bullets have come under fire before, in different ways.
Some places (like New Jersey) ban hollowpoints. (And then ammo companies develop round-nose expanding bullets like Federal’s Guard Dog).
Bans on lead have been tried as well, as a way of using EPA regulations as a backdoor to gun control. Because it makes sooooo much sense to allow lead to be removed from the environment, but not to allow it to be put back into the environment it came from. In response, non-lead projectiles were created, from metals like bismuth and tungsten (such as HeviShot) and the various all-copper bullet designs. There are also bullets made of mild steel, mainly surplus ammo from the former Soviet bloc.
With copper projectiles, cost becomes a factor. Copper is expensive. Any metal whose cost justifies people breaking into houses to steal pipes made of it is not going to a low-cost option. Which might be another tactic: make bullets too expensive to buy. And the copper bullets aren’t as dense as lead, making them ballistically-inferior. Same goes for steel bullets. And I wonder about increased wear on the barrel with a steel projectile, copper jacket or not.
Silly socialists. Your precious little Assault Weapons Ban didn’t work. Neither did banning high-capacity magazines. And these bullet bans won’t work either. Shooters will use whatever they can find to make bullets, even if they have to steal the rims off your Prius in the parking lot of Whole Wallet, I mean Whole Foods. But if flailing away at guns makes it easier to avoid wetting your diapers, well I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.
Better keep a crying towel handy, though.
(Updated) We have posted about range rules before, specifically the issue of ammo restrictions and brass retention policies.
Another set of rules that many shooters encounter is restrictions on the amount or frequency of shooting.
While it is common for publicly-accessible ranges to exclude full-auto weapons, certain ranges take the principle farther. Some ranges limit the number of shots you are supposed to take without a pause between them (a “5-shot rule” or a “no rapid fire/double-tap rule”). Others limit the number of rounds you put into the magazine. One range (according to a commenter in this post by SayUncle) doesn’t allow semi-auto rifles to be fired with a magazine inserted!
Not every gun owner practices as much as they ought to.
I understand why: our lives are full and guns don’t nag as loudly as spouses do; dragging our gear to the nearest range (which might not be so near) is a hassle; range-time and ammo cost money; and cleaning guns can be a chore.
But we all need to practice, and I am glad to see people taking the time and bearing the expense to do it.
Except when they aren’t “practicing” to get better, and they’re just wasting ammo & making noise.
There is a time and a place to do that and it is fun. I have done it, so have most shooters. It’s cathartic, it’s more fun than manually unloading a magazine. But you don’t become a better shooter by setting the bar absurdly low and then failing to meet even that low standard.
A post over at Gun Nuts Media got me thinking about ammo restrictions at shooting ranges. Indoor ranges, specifically.
There are all different kinds of steel, and backstops are made to stop a specific caliber/composition of bullet (much like bullet-resistant vests are rated to stop up to a certain caliber). If you increase the power of the bullet over the rating of the backstop, or use bullets that are harder/denser than the backstop is rated for, the backstop will be damaged or even penetrated.
Some ranges ban magnum calibers. Ok, fine, if the backstop can’t take it that’s just the way it is.
Arms & Munitions
Fairfield County Indoor Range
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Monroe, CT 06468