I try not to fixate on guns and ammo (believe it or not), but that's a big part of preparedness. It's a big part of just daily life in the U.S. today. If you don't believe me, watch the morning news from any of the Atlanta, Georgia news affiliates each morning.
Anybody can be the victim of a home invasion. The Goblins don't just pick on the wealthy gated communities. But sometimes, they do pick on the wrong door. This 7 time loser in Tennessee found that out.
This morning, there was a big segment about a ritzy "gated community" on the outskirts of Atlanta. It got hit by Morlocks from the city, and the police had plenty of security video of these guys breaking in and looting places. But the residents didn't have any recourse except fleeing out the back door and running to the neighbors, like a bunch of teen aged girls.
The news reporter doing the segment panned through all these hoity toity McMansions, and said "the residents are terrified and are staying in their homes." I don't feel sorry for them, they're a bunch of Sheeple. Like the bandido said in "The Magnificent Seven" , "if God didn't wanted them to be sheared he wouldn't have made them sheep." Maybe they should hire some "rough men" to protect them.
But you have to have plenty of fodder for your weapons. Storing ammunition has always been a big subject of interest, both to survivalists, and just plain old shooters. The best article I ever read about long term ammo storage was by a National Guard ammo tech. He clearly was not an English major , but he knew what he was talking about. I tidied up the grammar and punctuation and posted the article years ago. I still repost it periodically. If you want to read the article, here's a link to April , 2015 when I published it on the blog last.
Here's a good, non - technical discussion of the subject from a Canadian outfit.
I also want to post a link to a gun store in Texas. They have every gun you could want, but you have to be able to pay the big jing. They are not cheap.
If you have guns you want to price, either for selling or buying, here's the standard reference for military firearms. I have them all, going back to volume 1. Before that, I used the Blue Book of Gun Values, but I found a lot more detail on my kind of guns in this series.
So, for military weapons,
And for all others,
This is purely my personal preference, of course. There are lots of gun value guides out there. These have served me best. Just a note, if you look for guns in pawn shops, carry them in your car. Then when you find something you really want, go back out and see how the asking price measures up. It's a bad idea to take the book in with you, since pawn shop owners can have some rough edges and it gets their backs up. But never pay more than the guide would indicate, unless you don't care about money or the gun is something you just can't live without and you are willing to pay "too much" to get it. Unless you do a lot of horse trading in the gun arena, you can't tell the players without a program, so these two references are worth the money.
M got selected for jury duty this week, so we had to go sit in the court house most of the day on Monday. Fortunately, she was on the fourth panel and they didn't have to come back. Everybody on the first three panels got stuck and will be there most of the week. There were 156 people on the jury list, and I saw about 7 that might have been younger than 55.
Addendum: 1807 Wednesday 25 Oct. 17
After I did this post, I got an email from the guys up in North Carolina. They have some new manufacture M-14's for sale. Big bucks, but it's a big rifle. I have a Springfield Armory M-14 (they call it an M-1 so they can cause maximum confusion), and I have a Norinco M-14. Both of these are tip top guns, despite the "I had a friend who knew somebody who worked with somebody who had a sister who said the metal in the receivers is soft on the Norinco's).
Anyway, in case there was some poor soul out there, thirsting for their very own M-14 but unable to find one, I wanted to post this. Go ahead, take out that second mortgage and gratify your spirit!
Incidentally, I don't have any connections with any outfits and I don't make any money off the blog, no advertisements or anything. Just in case somebody got that idea....
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