HOW MUCH AMMO DO YOU HAVE?

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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

You can never re­ally have too much ammo. Think of it as an in­vest­ment.

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