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Ammo Alone Won’t Keep You Safe. Here’s What To Do When It’s Hard To Find
Quote:The Biden administration’s decision to stop the importation of ammunition from Russia—which it claims is in retaliation for that country’s attempted assassination of a political opposition figure—has some supporters of the right to arms chafing. However, it is relatively inconsequential and its effect can easily be minimized.

Biden’s decision is relatively inconsequential because, first, it pales in comparison to everything else he, the left’s civilian and uniformed quislings, and other Democrats are doing to harm the country. Second, it makes only slightly worse the limited availability and higher cost of ammunition that has been going on for the last year and a half, so it’s less a problem for people who need a relatively small amount of ammunition in case they have to defend themselves—against common criminals, at least—than for packrats who hoard ammunition they will never use and profiteers who hoard it to sell at inflated prices to people who don’t know they’re being ripped off.

Third, there have been ammunition crunches before, the right to keep and bear arms is still holding its own, and the current crunch will be no different. The first crunch in modern times occurred in 1993-1994, when President Bill Clinton signed two major anti-gun laws into effect. One was the Brady bill, which began as a waiting period on handgun purchases and after five years transitioned into the background check system Democrats are trying to morph into a gun registry with their “universal checks” legislation. The other was Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-California) 1994-2004 so-called “assault weapon” ban.

Contrary to their intent, both laws led to a dramatic increase in the number of gun owners and Americans’ purchases of the very guns the laws were intended to reduce. Another crunch occurred when President Barack Obama was elected the first time, and another when he was reelected and immediately began attacking gun ownership, in both instances inspiring increases in gun owners and gun acquisitions.

Fourth, in the long run, Biden shutting off ammo from Russia will have the same unintended result as Clinton shutting off ammo from communist China in the 1990s: It will force Americans to purchase pricier, but superior ammunition made in this country and in countries allied with us, rather than from our adversaries, and incline gun owners to think about how to improve their skill while firing fewer rounds, instead of burning through larger numbers of rounds just for fun.

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Fifth, while a lot of ammunition is needed for serious practice over time, the most efficient way to improve one’s firearm skill—in terms of the time, money, and energy invested in relation to the return on that investment—is without ammunition, by what is commonly referred to as “dry firing,” the required safety precautions for which can be explained by any competent instructor.

According to former Army Special Forces soldier Mike Green, whose company, Green-Ops, conducts defensive firearm classes and dry-fire clinics in Northern Virginia and South-Central Texas, “dry-firing is the most often overlooked element of a comprehensive training program. But it shouldn’t be. It’s simple and almost cost-free.”

“All you need is an unloaded firearm, a room that has no ammunition present, a target and a safe direction in which to place it, and a shot timer app downloaded to your smartphone. Set the timer to a ‘random’ starting beep and to a ‘par’ time. Begin each drill on the first beep and try to complete it before the ‘par’ beep.”

The timer is important because marksmanship is accuracy and speed—the ability to fire a sufficient number of sufficiently accurate rounds in a sufficient amount of time to accomplish the task at hand—and speed is objectively measured with a timer. In dry-firing, accuracy is objectively determined by seeing where the sights are, relative to the target, when the firing mechanism “clicks.”

Sixth, the most important purpose of ammunition is to be used to help you stay alive, but there are things besides an abundance of ammunition that can help you achieve that end. For example, be as physically fit as possible. Given a choice between being exceptionally physically fit and so-so in terms of gun skills, and the inverse, take the former.

Never underestimate the importance of being able to move quickly, with strength and agility, when fighting for your life. Physical fitness also benefits you generally, whereas defensive gun skills come in handy only if you are unlucky enough to need them.

Also, if Duke Ellington was right when he attributed his success to “doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right place, with the right people,” the inverse must then also be true: Don’t go to the wrong places, hang around with the wrong people, or do things likely to get you into trouble.

Also, just to name a few more things to consider, keep your residence secure, pay attention to your surroundings, don’t use outdoor ATMs, don’t get into arguments with strangers, don’t wear earphones when outdoors in public, keep moving and watch your back if approached on the sidewalk, keep your windows up and doors locked when driving and especially at intersections plagued with panhandlers, watch for suspicious people in your rearview mirrors, and have a sequence of procedures to follow when approaching, getting into, and departing your vehicle.

Additionally, don’t fall for the idea that your raison d’être is to protect strangers who don’t carry guns to protect themselves. If you see a crime that doesn’t threaten you, don’t reflexively rush in, especially if you are not highly trained. You don’t know how many criminals there are, or who and where they are, or what their plan is, and neither does the other aspiring hero or the off-duty, plain-clothed cop who may be there too, or the uniformed police officers when they arrive on the scene, any of whom, seeing a gun in your hand, might mistake you for a criminal.

Don’t Make The Next Crunch Worse
In the last year or so, crime has been increasing, due to Democrats encouraging their rioters, refusing to prosecute their rioters for crimes, and defunding the police. As a result, millions of Americans bought their first guns and the ammunition required for them, having decided enough is enough and that they’re not going down without a fight. But the supply of ammunition has not been able to keep up with demand mostly because of hoarding by gun owners who already had more ammunition than they will ever use.

First came the Chi-Com virus situation, on the basis of which the hoarders theorized they would need ammunition to fend off marauding bands of riff-raff who might try to forcibly relieve them of their toilet paper stashes. Second, every Democrat candidate for that party’s 2020 presidential nomination advocated banning AR-15s, and half of them— most conspicuously Biden—advocated confiscating the guns.

Nothing sells guns and ammunition like Democrats rallying their base with calls for civilian disarmament. Then, because Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters were tearing things up in Portland, Seattle, Kenosha, New York City, and Washington, D.C., the hoarders convinced themselves they needed more ammunition because their residential neighborhoods were next.

Events likely to cause another crunch or perpetuate the current one are almost certain to occur. The Chi-Coms will hit us with another biological warfare experiment, leftists will start rioting again, some blowhard ignoramus will start carrying on about confiscating guns, there will be one or more terrorist attacks, you-know-who will somehow become president before Inauguration Day 2025, or who knows what.

So, when you can, get top-notch ammunition with which to defend yourself. Consult this list, reflecting the research of terminal ballistics expert Dr. Gary Roberts. For practice ammunition, go with the less expensive fully-jacketed bullet variety, made by a quality American, European, or Taiwanese company. But don’t buy more ammunition than you’ll ever use for training and practice, and be realistic about how much ammunition you would need to fight for life and liberty in a worst-case scenario.

Test your ammunition with your guns, with your magazines, to make sure everything works without malfunctions. Make sure your guns are zeroed with your defensive ammunition and that you know the relative impact points of your practice ammunition. As another longtime firearm instructor, James Yeager, often says, “Remember, your responsibility to be ready for the fight never ends.”
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It's okay, I have plenty
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Why would anyone want to use Russian ammo anyway?
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(09-09-2021 10:15 AM)Danforth Wrote:  Why would anyone want to use Russian ammo anyway?

Because they are not mouth breathing idiots like others.
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Because it's cheap AF.

I used to get Russian 9mm for 13 cents/rd in bulk. I'd buy 2 or 3 thousand rounds at at time. I would never have it for long term storage, but just for plinking it's great.
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If you shoot Russians with it, it's Russian ammo. Right?
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(09-09-2021 10:15 AM)Danforth Wrote:  Why would anyone want to use Russian ammo anyway?
It's cheap and the older military rounds are fairly high quality if you can still find it.

I've got about 1000 rounds left of Russian military surplus 7.62 that they sold off in the 90s after the cold War ended. It's well made, well packaged, and stable. I just turn the crate about every 2 months. Never had a round misfire.

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I wonder if dumbforth has ever even seen live ammo.
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(09-09-2021 12:48 PM)BartlettTigerFan Wrote:  I wonder if dumbforth has ever even seen live ammo.
He would probably poop his baby britches

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(09-09-2021 11:13 AM)BartlettTigerFan Wrote:  Because it's cheap AF.

I used to get Russian 9mm for 13 cents/rd in bulk. I'd buy 2 or 3 thousand rounds at at time. I would never have it for long term storage, but just for plinking it's great.

The 7.62 target ammo is better, cleaner and way cheaper than the stuff made here in the states.

It holds up fine under long term storage unless you store in a moldy basement
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I just make my own. And I already dry fire practice a LOT.
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I have a SIRT Training Pistol that matches my CCW and several targets for it. It isn't the same as live fire but way cheaper and convenient.
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Quote:But don’t buy more ammunition than you’ll ever use for training and practice, and be realistic about how much ammunition you would need to fight for life and liberty in a worst-case scenario.

I just noticed this in the OP.

There's no such thing as too much ammo. Period new paragraph.
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"We can't have guns, but the Taliban they can have 27 each." - President Trump
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Quote:But don’t buy more ammunition than you’ll ever use for training and practice, and be realistic about how much ammunition you would need to fight for life and liberty in a worst-case scenario.

I just noticed this in the OP.

There's no such thing as too much ammo. Period new paragraph.

This. One good thing about America, if you have the funds you can buy anything legal that your heart desires.
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Everyone needs to just start hitting that report button on these trolls.
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(09-09-2021 11:13 AM)BartlettTigerFan Wrote:  Because it's cheap AF.

I used to get Russian 9mm for 13 cents/rd in bulk. I'd buy 2 or 3 thousand rounds at at time. I would never have it for long term storage, but just for plinking it's great.

I'd be afraid to damage my guns using cheap ammo.
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(09-13-2021 12:36 PM)Danforth Wrote:  
(09-09-2021 11:13 AM)BartlettTigerFan Wrote:  Because it's cheap AF.

I used to get Russian 9mm for 13 cents/rd in bulk. I'd buy 2 or 3 thousand rounds at at time. I would never have it for long term storage, but just for plinking it's great.

I'd be afraid to damage my guns using cheap ammo.

Inexpensive doesn't always equate to cheap. And you should have better guns.

Out of curiosity what do you think "cheap" ammo will do to your guns besides dirty them up faster?
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Russian ammo is typically pretty clean.

And as if dumbforth has ever seen a real gun.
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(09-13-2021 01:39 PM)TigerBlue4Ever Wrote:  
(09-13-2021 12:36 PM)Danforth Wrote:  
(09-09-2021 11:13 AM)BartlettTigerFan Wrote:  Because it's cheap AF.

I used to get Russian 9mm for 13 cents/rd in bulk. I'd buy 2 or 3 thousand rounds at at time. I would never have it for long term storage, but just for plinking it's great.

I'd be afraid to damage my guns using cheap ammo.

Inexpensive doesn't always equate to cheap. And you should have better guns.

Out of curiosity what do you think "cheap" ammo will do to your guns besides dirty them up faster?

From what I have read, these types of ammo have steal casings that will wear down the barrel faster than traditional brass casings.
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