I have to admit that I’m kind of sick of seeing headlines from the anti-gun news media about people having too much ammo.
I don’t even know what that means. And in all reality, who gets to decide how much ammo is too much ammo?
Never mind. I don’t even want to think about who gets to decide that. Because I’m sure whoever it is isn’t smart enough to know.
Getting back to the point —
When I see a headline about a guy who had an “arsenal of guns and a thousand rounds of ammo” I scratch my head.
Do you want to know what I call 1,000 rounds of ammo? A good time at the range. I’ve put more than that through a single gun over the course of a two day combat pistol class before.
I’m a believer that each gun owner needs at least 1,000 rounds per each gun they have. So if you have five 9mm pistols, that’s 5,000 rounds of 9mm that you SHOULD have.
Of course, things look different in this landscape. You legitimately might need ammo more than ever before, and nobody can find it. The stuff that is out there is most likely too expensive.
So things are different now. If you are just getting started in buying ammunition, then you have a lot of work to do. Some folks would wonder why you need to have 1,000 rounds per gun, so I guess I’ll tackle that really quick:
Why you need a good amount of ammo–
- First up, ammunition is a commodity. It’s something that you use and shoot for target practice. Those of us who take this whole training thing seriously, or for those of us who write gun reviews, need a lot of ammo to keep our skills fresh. Trust me, the last thing any of us wants is to accidentally shoot an innocent person when in a firefight. So we have a lot of ammo to practice.
- Second is competition. Along the lines of the first bullet (pun intended) above, competitors shoot a lot. There are more competitors than ever before in history, as the shooting sports really start to take their own form. Those anti-gunners may not like it, but shooting is a sport as evidenced not only by the Olympics, but also with USPSA, IPSC, and the rest.
- Third, are the preppers. A vast majority of gun owners are preppers to at least some degree. For example, I have about 6 months of food supply in my pantry at all times. The current crises shows why that was important. Everyone thought I was nuts, but it turned out that there was a reason for my preparing. So that’s food, but why so much ammo? Well, first off is food again. If I needed to feed my family but had no food, I could certainly go out and hunt. Taking it a step further, which is something that nobody wants to discuss, is that the people who didn’t prepare as well may come looking for food in a violent manner. I could use my guns and extra ammunition to defend my family.
- Fourth, is price fluctuations. Look at this debacle we’re currently in right now. Those of us who saw something like this on the horizon don’t have a need to go out and buy a ton of ammo, because we’re good-enough on supply that it isn’t imperative that we go out and buy more. Another way of looking at it is that because ammo is a commodity as stated above, we know the price will go up and down. This is similar to all commodities like gas, gold, etc. It just makes sense to buy as much as you can afford and can fit in your space as possible.
- Fifth, my last point is the militia. As dictated by our founding fathers in the Constitution and backed by 10 USC 246, all able bodied Americans are the militia and must rise up should the country ever needs us.
Here is a video I put together detailing the militia and who it is:
So how much ammo is too much?
There is no such thing as too much ammo. Furthermore, what I feel like I need is really none of your damn business. Get a hobby.
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