.22LR ammunition has been impossible to find for a few months. That shouldn’t surprise you.
Occasionally a few boxes of standard-velocity ammo were available, which is fine for target guns and bolt actions. But semi-autos usually need high-velocity ammo to function reliably.
Well this past week some quantities of high-velocity ammo have been showing up on store shelves (and disappearing almost as fast). One was WalMart, the other was a local dealer.
Centerfire pistol ammo is still spotty. I have seen (and bought) some .38SPL, and there has been .40S&W and .45ACP on the shelves sometimes. Nothing for 9mm FMJ however. And in every case, the prices are much higher than they used to be.
For long guns, hunting ammunition and shotgun shells (for birding/skeet/sporting clays) are usually available. Buckshot is harder to find. And .223 has been available sporadically.
Mere hours after I posted this, I walked into a WalMart on a whim and found 4 boxes of PPU (Prvi Partizan) 9mm. 2 for me and 2 for Crapgame.
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.
OK, let’s try this again. If you saw my review of the Charter Arms Pitbull in .40S&W, you will understand the background to this review.
The sun actually came out for a while, so I headed to the range to put the 9mm version of Charter Arms Pitbull through its paces.
I had a variety of ammunition to try in it: Remington UMC 115gr FMJ, Remington 115gr JHP, Black Hills 115gr JHP, Federal Nyclad 124gr, Hornady 115gr and 147gr XTP hollowpoints.
The parts seemed to fit fine, and the trigger pull seemed slightly lighter than the .40S&W version. So far, so good.
(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:
After looking back at my ballistics testing, I find myself very troubled by the results of the .38 Spl ammo tests.
In addition to testing more 9mm in the short-barrel Kahr, and more .40S&W in the Glock and the carbine, I procured a batch of different .38 ammo to test. Oddly, not a single retailer stocked the old standby “FBI Load” (.38SPL +P with a 158gr lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoint)
I will be re-testing the Speer Gold Dot short-barrel .38 ammo. I will be using two .38 snubnose revolvers to verify my findings, and a 4″ gun to give some perspective from a “typical” .38 revolver.