Whether you are starving for ammo or you are sitting on a large stockpile, you are probably wondering how to get the most out of your ammunition purchases. Most of us, once we get ammo in our hands, are afraid to use it because we’re not sure when it can be replaced.
While most ammo dealers have bare shelves, we are seeing an occasional ray of hope here and there. Just like things stabilized after the last election, this too shall likely pass.
In the meantime, just how do we get the best return on our ammo investment, and still stay proficient with our defensive firearms? Here are some suggestions:
DRY FIRE DRILLS. Dry fire is a great way to practice your weapons manipulation skills without expending any ammo. You can practice drawing the gun, re holstering, trigger control and sight alignment in the comfort of your own home.
Safety when dry firing is just as important when live firing your gun. Gun safety rules are not suspended when a gun is “unloaded.” Check your gun before starting to make sure it’s clear, and then have someone else verify it for you. Practice your dry-firing against a safe backstop (such as a basement wall) and don’t have any live ammo in the room with you when you are practicing.
AIRSOFT/BLUE GUNS. Like dry-fire, this can be done just about anywhere. Depending on your gun, a Blue Gun replica from Ring’s Manufacturing can be had for around $40. Airsoft is a bit pricier but most replicas run around $150-$200. (We at QSI have a good friend in the Airsoft business, for his contact info send us an email).
While these guns don’t offer the exact same feel as the real thing, they are great for scenario-based practice, such as scanning, drawing/re holstering, retention and disarms. Airsoft guns have the added advantage of being able to fire a plastic pellet, and can be used for trigger control and sight alignment practice.
PLAN YOUR RANGE TIME. Never go to the shooting range without a plan. Think about what you want to practice, and what drills you can do to practice those skills. While it’s fun to blast away at the target, in today’s market it makes sense to get the most you can out of each shot you fire.
In our next post, we’ll talk about some drills you can do at the range that will polish your skills without using a ton of ammo.
On the day of the Sandy Hook murders, I took some time to meet with some friends from the MnGunTalk forums for an early dinner. We were all just as horrified by what happened, and discussed amongst ourselves ways that horrible crimes like this could be prevented.
Within hours of the murders, celebrities, politicians, and members of the media began to blame us, and people like us, for the violence that had taken place.
My friends and I are not murderers or criminals. We’re ordinary people, just like you, who happen to own guns. We have friends and family, children and pets. We’re decent people who are just as disgusted by this tragedy as anyone else.
To claim we are somehow responsible for these murders is offensive and demeaning. Gun owners don’t want people – especially kids – to be murdered. Many of us are parents ourselves and we don’t love our children any less than anyone else. And believe it or not, we don’t want criminals and dangerous or unstable people to have guns. We strongly disagree that banning our guns will prevent other people from committing crimes, and we’re not willing to give up our rights to enable someone else’s false perception of safety.
Now, at both the Federal and State level, we are seeing proposals to ban ownership of certain types of guns.
There is empirical evidence that this legislation would not work. Applying this legislation to the Sandy Hook events shows it would not have prevented those murders.
There are other reasons for opposing these gun control proposals as well. Enforcement would be an expensive and time consuming process which will take away already scant law enforcement resources. From a legal point of view, such bans may violate the Supreme Court “Heller” and “McDonald” decisions and are more likely than not unconstitutional.
If all of the above are true, what then is the aim of the legislators who want these bans?
My perception is that what we are seeing here is group punishment. These legislators have hated gun owners for years, suffering one political defeat after another. Now that they perceive themselves to be in power, they are only too eager to criticize, discriminate, and marginalize us. The passage of these laws is, in my opinion, motivated not by a desire for public safety, but a desire to get even with and punish political opponents. Any public safety benefit claimed is a rationalization.
So, here we are. There is talk of massive civil disobedience – and worse – if these laws are passed. Myself, I’m getting ready to lose three days of work so I can do down to the Capitol to oppose these laws. I personally resent having to do that, but not doing it is certainly not an option for me.
My plea – and it is truly a plea – to politicians and others who hate us so much, who see us as a public safety threat, who want to destroy our culture and our way of life, is simple.
Please, please, please….LEAVE US ALONE.
If you choose to do otherwise, you can expect us to become very interested in your political career. We’ll take the time to organize candidates to run against you. Even if we don’t live in your district, we’ll travel there to rally support against you. We’ll do whatever we can to kick your butt out of office and send you packing.
Gov. Cuomo’s approval rating has plummeted 13% since he rammed gun control through in NY state. Let me make something perfectly clear – Minnesota gun owners are better organized than NY gun owners. There are close to 100,000 of us with permits to carry. Thousands of us hunt deer, fowl, small game, and predators. There are over 4 million members of the NRA nationwide.
If you support gun control, we’re going to stand against you, and you’re going to lose.
LEAVE US ALONE.