The Great .22 Rimfire Ammo Shortage of 2014

Wish I had some!

Wish I had some!

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.

Open Carry Zealots Screw Up (Again)

Learn to read, OC'ers

Learn to read, OC’ers

No matter how many times the pouty Open Carry zealots lose a battle or make the gun-owning public look bad, they never seem to connect the dots between their stubborn attention-whoring behavior and the clear negative consequences that they cause.

Did they learn after they pushed Starbucks into the arms of the gun control lobby?

No, they did not:

Chipotle: Don’t bring guns in our stores

“Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its stores after it says gun rights advocates brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants in Texas.”

Way to go, idiots.

Now, I cannot seem to locate my Magic 8-Ball, but I will go out on a limb and make a prediction anyway: this clear and uniformly negative result from their behavior will not stop Open Carry Zealots from being idiots yet again and playing into the hands of the Brady Bunch.

It’s almost like they are doing it on purpose.  Maybe they need to be investigated to see if they are taking money from Bloomberg to act this way.  It’s hard to believe that a rational human being could screw up so often and not realize that they are screwing up.

 

Ammo Bingo

What caliber of gun to buy...

What caliber of gun to buy…

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?

 

The Experts Agree: The 1911 Sucks!

Mind...Blown

Mind…Blown

I promised Crapgame that I wouldn’t gloat.

But a very well-known gunblogger and 1911 gunsmith has come out against the 1911 design:

Hilton Yam: My Personal Path Away From The 1911

SaysUncle picked up the story, and it’s going to get a lot of attention.

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Big Brother is Watching (Updated)

big-brother-insetJust a quick post, without a lot of opinion.

You may have heard the story about the Florida gun owner who was pulled over while driving through Maryland:

http://tbo.com/list/columns-tjackson/jackson-gun-owner-unarmed-unwelcome-in-maryland-20140112/

A troubling story on all counts, but disturbingly vague on specifics.

Well, you really need to read the background on how/why it happened:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/01/16/driving-through-maryland-how-the-lawful-florida-gun-owner-was-targeted-hint-maryland-coordination-and-analysis-center/#more-75456

So, to sum up: legally owning a gun in your home state is considered probable cause for arresting you in other states despite, not breaking any laws in those other states.  Gun ownership = the new scarlet letter.  Another step towards stigmatizing gun owners.

The other lesson to be drawn from this incident (and all of the NSA stories, and the IRS attacking anyone that disagrees with 0bama, etc.) is that the noose of government is getting tighter around all of our necks.

For years, I avoided buying an EZ-Pass (remote toll-deduction widget for your car) due to privacy concerns.  Looks like technology has leapfrogged me.  It is only a matter of time before speeding tickets are issued automatically.

Rather than simply be outraged at this story, I hope you are going to get more involved in the political process to try and reverse the disturbing mission creep of our government.

And, I hope that you start paying attention to the cameras you see attached to municipal vehicles and near roads.  And to the roads where you don’t see them.  And to the gun laws of the states you drive through.

Update 2/15/14

Interesting new development in this story:

The Department of Homeland Security is set to activate a national license plate tracking system that will be shared with law enforcement

“Were the feds using Maryland to establish the protocols ?   It sure seems that is a very strong possibility…… and, if so, the denial of the FOIA would make even more sense.”