I have been telling M it's time for another trip to the beach. She wants to hold off until after Labor Day, when there won't be so many people there.
We usually go to Tybee Island, but this year, we are looking at South Carolina.
I don't go anywhere I can't take my pistol. For many, many years South Carolina did not have a reciprocal agreement with Georgia on the issue of concealed carry permits. Now they do, and that opens up a whole lot of new territory for us to explore.
We don't have a big window for going to the beach after labor day, because as soon as it starts freezing in the mountains, I need to be home.
Have to keep all the different climate controlled spaces heated to stop pipes from freezing and to maintain a good temperature for equipment and supplies.
First freeze usually comes in late October. So, that gives us about six weeks to make a trip to the beach.
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Sportsman's Guide got a good supply of 5.56 on stripper clips, in the can, after a long wait. However, they aren't offering free shipping this week so I will have to wait until they do. Ammo will murder you on shipping costs. One of the reasons I buy so much from Sportsman's Guide, and Midway, is that they frequently offer the free shipping option.
480 rounds on stripper clips runs you $180.00 if you are a club member. I save a lot of money by joining the Sportsman's Guide Buyers Club. First, you get a discount on everything you buy, and second, you can break up large orders into four payments. True, you aren't saving any money but it's a nice mental slight of hand to excuse going over budget. Paying $500 for ammo in one month is over budget for me, but doing it over four months isn't!
I am constantly fighting a minor mental war over the issue of what rifle to keep by the door. If I use a bolt gun, I don't have to keep it loaded so I don't run the risk of compressing the magazine follower spring. I can load a bolt gun with a stripper clip in seconds.
I would think that a bolt gun and ammo on stripper clips would let me handle anything I might run into way out here in the woods. I'm not expecting a full on assault by crazed Jihadis or the hordes of "Black Lives Matter" up here.
But then, sometimes I get ancy and keep a loaded AK 47 or AR-15 by the door. The advantages are more rounds down range , faster, and you just stick a new magazine in it to reload. But the disadvantage is that I don't really like modern weapons that well, and you have to keep the spring under the follower depressed. You can address that to some extent by only loading the magazine to 3/4 capacity.
I'm curious as to what the general consensus on this weighty quandary is. Any thoughts?
Went over to the lake to walk yesterday. I had forgotten that Monday was the fourth of July. This place is usually pristine. You never see trash or any sign of people. But walking around the lake yesterday, there were plastic bottles floating in the water, there were discarded food wrappers in the rushes along the bank. People had just thrown their garbage every which way. Made me feel really badly. Remember the old "Iron Eyes Cody" advertisements that started the "Keep America Beautiful" campaign?
In closing, just in case you don't have television and missed this: