In the latest surge of buying that is emptying gun store inventory, the ammo is going out the door faster than the guns.
A gun with no ammunition is like a working stove combined with an empty pantry: pretty much useless.
A few points on that:
- If you know your pistol works with hollow points and have plenty of full metal jacket practice ammo but no self-defense rounds, trade fifty to a hundred rounds of the FMJ with someone you know for enough hollowpoints to load your gun with. Full metal jacket, usually round-nosed, zips through flesh like an icepick and can cause death later but hollow points are more likely to stop violent activity now. Those practice rounds in 9mm, .40, or .45 have enough penetration to punch completely through two people standing in a row and lodge in the body of a third: not what you want in the gun when you’re defending your household and a family member trying to help you might have, unseen, made their way behind the home invader you have to shoot. One parameter of hollow point design is to stay in the body of the intended target.
- Check with your neighbors and loved ones who might be arming up for the first time, or digging out a gun they rarely use in case things go downhill. Make sure they have enough of the right ammunition for it. If you can spare it, it would be a good thing to share some of yours with them.
- Some vendors still have ammunition available. As mentioned here recently, one of those is Super Vel, which has ammo in stock at this writing. They’re at supervelammunition.com. If they have any all-copper hollow points in stock, that would be my own choice.
- Atlanta Arms and Ammunition also had ammo in stock at this writing. Go to Atlanta Arms.
And if you have guns in house already but not enough ammo…well, you don’t need me to tell you that’s a mistake you shouldn’t be making again.
Finally, if you know someone buying a gun for the first time during the pandemic crisis, don’t forget to give them as much advice as circumstances allow on how to safely and competently store and use it.