HOW MUCH AMMO DO YOU HAVE?
We get to the bottom of the ageold question, and find out why stocking up can save more than just your life.
WE PONDER THE AGE-OLD QUESTION AND TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF IT.
Should I buy 100 rounds, 1,000 rounds or is 50 enough? Those new to the world of firearms, and even experienced shooters, will have myriad questions, but the one that always seems to pop up is, “How much ammo do I need?” or “How much do you have?”
These looming questions are ones about which you’ll receive a multitude of responses, but in the end is there really a correct answer? Yes, so read on.
Much like a car operates on a gas, a weapon is of no use if you don’t have enough ammo to feed it. There’s a saying that goes, “You’re either experiencing a problem, just leaving a problem or heading towards a problem,” and just as that quote states, the same can be said of ammunition. With increasing scares about ammo shortage (whether manmade or true), stiffer legislation or in the event of a SHTF situation, having enough ammo is always a concern. That said, we’ll breakdown a few reasons why you should stock up and finally put an end to this contentious question.
AMMO AS AN INVESTMENT
With the uncertainty of government and its role in regulating firearms and ammunition, it doesn’t hurt to invest in ammo while the opportunity is still at hand. Flashback to the price surge of 2008, due to legislative scare, and the price of .22LR ammunition jumped from a nickel a round to as high as 13 cents a round – and that’s if you could get your hands on it.
Just like life, the gun market can be unpredictable. Regardless if the cost is driven sky high by hoarders or propaganda, the bottom line is ammo – much like most of the necessities of life – will continue to rise year after year. So if you ask me, buy now before there’s another reason for prices to surge. Besides, ammo prices will always continue to rise, so buying as much as you can right now just makes sense.
AMMO IS A PRECIOUS METAL
We can forget at times that ammo itself is a precious metal and commodity. It may seem far-fetched from now, but with ammo being made from raw materials such as lead, copper, brass, and aluminum (just to name a few), it’s easy to see that the cost for materials is only going to go up as resources become depleted. The rise in materials costs can only mean a rise in the cost of ammunition, and that’s not even taking into consideration if other factors were to be implemented, such as an increase in taxes, manufacturing, and what we’re currently experiencing, a raise in minimum wage. With bullets consistently increasing in value, it would seem like a no brainer to cash in on ammo and should a SHTF scenario ever arise keep in mind ammo could be used for barter.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There’s no definitive number or formula to work off when it comes to how much ammo you should own. Some say 1,000 rounds of each caliber is enough; others can stretch that number out to 10,000 rounds as being sufficient. Every individual’s needs are going to differ vastly, and what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for another.
In short, it’s best to devote some time training with your weapons of choice. A more accurate shooter will exhaust less ammo, but of course that means you would have already exhausted 1,000s upon 1,000s of rounds getting to that point – and a slightly smaller number will be used to keep those skills polished. Your chosen weapons should be an extension of your arm, and you need to have the confidence to use it, so practice, practice, practice and be sure to buy enough ammo to support your training sessions without running too low with your reserve at home.
That said, buy what will work for your budget. You’ll save plenty of money buying in bulk, but if your budgets don’t allow it, then buy a few boxes every other paycheck and you’ll slowly build a stockpile that anyone would be proud of.
Ammunition in itself is invaluable, and it can never hurt to have a commodity that will forever be in demand. In conclusion, you can never really have “too much” ammunition. It simply comes down to how much you can realistically afford without breaking the bank while still being able to live within your means. After all, it’s always better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it, right? So always remember that slow and steady wins the race so start small, stay consistent, keep on practicing and keep on buyin’. HD