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As many of you know; ammo has been in either short supply or the prices have been jacked up to ridiculously high levels.  So you can imagine my surprise when I walked into Cabelas today and there was just tons of boxes of .223 ammunition for $6.99 per box of 20 rounds.  They also had 9mm luger ammo for $16.99 per box of 50 rounds and military grade Winchester 00 buckshot for $3.89 per box of 5 shells.  Excellent prices so I stocked up.  There was a five box limit on centerfire ammo so bring lots of friends; however the shotgun ammo boxes were unlimited as far as quantity for purchase per individual.  Score one for the fine folks at Cabelas.

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As many of you have no doubt experienced; ammo in many places is in short supply these days.  The following are the reasons why.

  • 2 billion rounds have been purchased by the government; in many instances by departments that one would not normally expect to be stockpiling ammunition.
  • Panic buying is happening by law abiding consumers; as they try and get ammo before it is either banned, restricted or subject to high taxation.
  • Demand is currently outpacing supply; which is why as soon as certain calibers of ammo hit the store shelves they are sold out almost immediately.

This is an important lesson in why ammo; like other commodities should be stocked up on using a preparedness philosophy.  If you stock up on any necessary commodity when times are good and supplies are plentiful; you won’t be scrounging and scrambling when times are not so good and supplies are scarce.  Good luck and stock up wisely and safely 🙂

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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Here are some of the dry fire drills I do after first making sure that the weapons I use are either unloaded; or that the weapons use snap caps only.  Dry fire drills should never be done with live ammunition.

Handgun – Practice drawing from your holster and acquiring your target; front sight on target then press.  If you carry in condition 3; then practice drawing from your holster; racking the slide, front sight on target then press.  You can also practice quick, repeated magazine changes.  Never use live ammunition for any dry fire drills.

Shotgun – Practice target acquisition then rack the slide and press; repeat and cycle through the snap caps quickly.  You can also deliberately not rack the pump through its full cycle which will result in a double feed malfunction so you can then practice clearing the malfunction.  Loading and unloading drills can also be done with snap caps.  Never use live ammunition for any dry fire drills.

Rifle – Practice bringing the rifle up from whatever sling configuration you use; gain proper sight alignment and press.  You can also practice clearing malfunctions and quick, repeated magazine changes. Practice transitioning between iron sights and optics and back again.  Never use live ammunition for any dry fire drills.

For all weapons types practice non dominant hand weapons manipulation as well as dominant hand weapons manipulation.  With any of the exercises; don’t try to go faster than you are capable of.  Speed comes with practice and with speed you want to develop an accurate skill set.  Never use live ammunition for any dry fire drills.

These are the drills I run through.  There are many other variations so it’s best to practice the ones that work best for your own individual needs.  Whether or not you use snap caps or leave the weapon empty is entirely optional.  I prefer snap caps because it more accurately represents the true weapons weight and I can cycle through the snap caps to make sure the weapons function smoothly.   Never perform dry fire drills with live ammunition.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

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Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest.  You should live the way you want, work at something you enjoy doing, reside where you want and get as much satisfaction from life as possible.  Along with that however, it is also prudent to be prepared for situations in life where things are contra to your best interests.  Disasters such as social unrest, war, famine, societal collapse, escalations in violent crime, etc., are just some of the things that in this day and age are of concern to many.  So, along with enjoying the good times, it is also important to prepare for the bad times.

The following are the things I consider most important for preparing for your own survival.

  • There is no such thing as having too much canned food or water set aside.  If disaster strikes, grocery stores may not be available to supplement your needs.  You must maintain a minimum of 3 months worth of food and water per person.  Don’t forget about your pets.
  • Yes, yes, yes you must have a sufficient amount of guns and ammunition and be well versed in their use.  You may have sufficient quantities of emergency supplies, but if others try and forcibly take them, you must be able to hold onto what you have.
  • People can and will panic during disasters so avoid large crowds and any areas subject to martial law and or rioting.  Use common sense and good judgement in deciding whom to trust.
  • Always keep  small amounts of cash on hand.  A disaster may render ATM’s and credit card systems useless.  If so, cash or barter may be the only ways to immediately conduct business.
  • Take responsibility for your own survival.  Ability without character is useless.  Remain moral and ethical during times of crisis.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

The debate over which is better; the 9mm or the 45ACP is like debating which is better; McDonalds vs Burger King or Pizza Hut vs Dominoes.  There are advantages to each when it comes to a life and death defensive scenario and in the long run only you can decide which is best for you.  Neither round can guarantee a one shot stop scenario or effect how you will react under that type of stress; but the following are some considerations when it comes to caliber.

  1. The 45ACP is a larger round and will produce a larger wound; and more tissue damage than a 9mm at the same distances.
  2. The 45ACP has better penetrating capabilities than the 9mm.
  3. The 9mm handgun magazine will hold more rounds than a similar sized 45 magazine.
  4. 9mm pistols are generally easier to conceal than 45’s.
  5. Recoil is less with a 9mm round than with a 45.
  6. The 9mm is the most widely used of all pistol rounds.

All things considered; both rounds work well for defensive handgun scenarios and it all comes down to personal preference.  Go with the 45ACP if you prefer more stopping power with smaller magazine capacity or go with the 9mm if you prefer slightly less stopping power with a larger magazine capacity.

As examples; My 45 caliber handguns full size generally will hold 10+1 rounds.  My 9mm handguns full size generally hold 17+1 rounds.  My compact size 9mm handguns for concealed carry generally hold 12+1 rounds.

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What is over penetration when it comes to home defense ammunition?  Over penetration refers to where the bullet will end up regardless of whether it finds its target in your home or misses its target and hits the wall.  Where will the bullet then go!  The bullet needs to expend all of its energy before stopping.  This needs to be balanced with does your caliber or gauge have sufficient power to stop a threat while at the same time minimizing how much over penetration can be expected.

Sheet rock walls are not very good at stopping a bullet and almost any caliber or gauge has the potential to cause over penetration.  Important considerations when choosing a caliber or gauge for your home defense firearms are what is the layout of your home?  How thick are your interior and exterior walls and what are they made of?  What is your neighborhood like, what surrounds your home and how close together are other homes, apartments, condos, etc.?

Generally speaking and from a design perspective at close ranges,  rifles will penetrate more than handguns and handguns will penetrate more than shotguns due primarily to weapons design and ammo selection.  So whatever caliber or gauge you select it is extremely important to know who or what your target is, what is behind and around your target even if not in plain sight and the capabilities of your weapon and ammunition.

Spend time analyzing the layout of your home and carefully research whatever calibers or gauges you intend to use in your selected home defense firearms.  There are many websites available with specific data on various calibers and gauges and their testing results on penetration and over penetration.

For myself my first priority is keeping my family and myself safe and for home defense firearms I rely on my Smith & Wesson M&P 45 handgun and my Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun.  It is my hope that having to shoot an intruder would be a last resort option and only undertaken if my life or my families life were in imminent danger, within my home from a home invasion.