Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ammo Search

Based on some ongoing research, I've decided to increase the stockpile of .22LR by about a factor of 10. Lucky me - the local Wal-Mart had yet to be picked clean today and I was able to pick up 400 rds of CCI Mini Mag 36 Gr HP at around $6.50/100 round box. Not really a bargain, but I didn't have to pay shipping.

So there is that.

These 400 rounds represented the entirety of the inventory available at this Wal-mart, so I didn't buy up the 10 or so boxes of Standard Velocity 40gr RN Winchester that were also in the (mostly empty) case.

I should have taken a pic, but the only other ammo they had was .22 short, .17, a solitary box of .45 ball, a solitary box of .44 Mag, and 5 or so boxes of .223 ball. This is actually an improvement over the last time I visited this store.

I pondered the .45 and .223, but it wasn't priced any kinder than the other stuff I've got stockpiled, and again, asides from food, seeds and .22 LR I need to calm down a bit with the firearms and ammo as I'll run out of expensive things to barter fairly quickly if I don't focus on the basics.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A note from the Violence Policy Center

This made my brain hurt. No mention of the Mexican gun nonsense though...
Dear Friend of the Violence Policy Center:

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. During the past decade, hundreds of thousands of additional lives have been lost to gun violence--in suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings.

At the same time, horrifying events like Columbine--attacks carried out against fellow students, families, co-workers, worshippers, and complete strangers--have become so familiar to us that they have their own generic name: rampage shootings.

Such shootings are the direct result of the increasing firepower readily available to civilians in the U.S. The reality is that firepower--in the form of semiautomatic assault weapons, 50 caliber sniper rifles, armor-piercing handguns, and high-capacity ammunition magazines--has become the primary product line produced by today's gun industry. The harsh truth is that such carnage can be prevented only when we take steps to control the gun industry. We ask you for your support to help us stop the flood of high-powered guns flooding our neighborhoods. Only then will America begin to gain relief from the relentless onslaught of rampage shootings.

Below please find a Huffington Post blog link to an op-ed I wrote that was published yesterday in the Washington Post.

The point of the piece is simple. As a nation we must move beyond decrying the predictable end-result of our lax gun laws and begin to take action: demanding more of our elected officials and of those who should be in this battle with us--but who have not yet joined.

As a supporter of the VPC you know this. I ask that you please send this e-mail forward to those who don't--and urge them to join us in our efforts to stop gun violence.


Josh Sugarmann
Executive Director


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Friday, April 3, 2009

Since I'm for preparedness!

A great post from Kathy at Just In Case:
If you have some extra money, stocking up on shoes and boots might be good place to put it. I store shoes and boots in larger sizes for my kids and grandkids to grow into. Most of our footwear is manufactured overseas. If trade breaks down for while having extras will be a good thing.
My favorite online gear site, Botach has had boots on sale for weeks now. I've picked up 3 pair (wish I could afford more) at $25-50 a pop, spending the equivalent of 1 pair of waterproof Rockies retail. I've got 2 pair ordered for my wife at $25 each. One less thing to worry about.

Next up, kids shoes in sizes 9- adult. I'd love for someone to describe an effective method for storing all of this stuff. Certainly all of the shoe boxes will have to either go or be repurposed. I guess I could take out all of the paper stuffing and fill the empty space with socks.

I'll post what I come up with. If anything.

Been busy outside of blog lately

Switching to Firefox, actually working and other excitement has kept me from my normal post-happy place. Normal reams of mostly-unread joy will resume Monday at the latest.