A headline in my news feed this morning proclaimed “Trump’s pro-Second Amendment platform could end gun sales boom.” Considering the volume and steady increase of sales during Obama’s presidency and Hillary’s (wrongly) foregone ascension to the Presidency I wouldn’t be at all surprised if firearms sales took a dip because people no longer feel the need to “get it now before it’s banned.”
The downside is this does mean manufacturers in the firearms business will take a hit. How big of one remains to be seen and whether or not they survive it will depend greatly on how well they prepared for this eventuality and/or how quickly and well they adapt to the change. The good news for us consumers is it means prices are likely to drop which increases the purchasing power of our strained budgets.
As consumers I think we should take this two-year respite and take stock of our current inventories, identify and fill gaps and keep up the fight for the mid-term elections. in 2018. We haven’t beaten the anti-civil rights groups down yet. At best we have stung them and they’re going to want revenge.
On a personal level this means more training classes and not just firearm shoot schools either. Medical and survival classes will be included as well. Additionally more spare parts and magazines will be purchased along with other items to help cope with emergencies. More time will also be spent focusing on local and state politics. We had a lot of turd level candidates at all levels this last time. Only by focusing on getting good people noticed by the electorate can we change that.
In conclusion, yes we likely narrowly dodged a bullet this time but now is not the time to relax. Like the old adage says: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
Yesterday the United States stood on a precipice, ready to jump. Today we’re still there. I wish we had done better with our nominees for all offices, but we didn’t. Maybe we should all be more active next time to ensure we get better nominees.
In the meantime it looks like there will be no panic buying, no massive price hikes, no (or fewer) shortages. So now is the time to get supplies, learn skills and plan ahead. Make a list, make a budget, make a plan and prepare.
Winter is still coming, just slower than yesterday.
WeaponsMan has a story up with pictures of a late WWII Russian Marksmanship card. If we could get these translated into English I bet American Mosin-Nagant fans would snatch them up as fast as they came off the printer.
248shooter.com had this article this morning comparing the M1 Garand and the M16 platform as military service weapons. For their respective reputations you would think the Garand was the more reliable rifle. While it was impressive for its time, turns out the M16 wins hands down in the reliability department.
Personally I have used both an M1 Garand and the civilian legal version of the M16 the AR15 as defensive rifles. When I lived out west where the chance of a ranged encounter with a drug manufacturer/runner was possible I wanted something that could out range their preferred com-bloc 7.62×39 guns so I went with the 30-06 Garand. Now that I live in a more urban setting it’s the AR with its reputation for not over penetrating magazine capacity and ease of use.
When it comes to long guns for self-defense my opinion is that it’s best to use something appropriate for your location if at all possible. Not being much of a fan of shotguns any more. That would mean something in 5.56×45 or .223 Remington for me in a rural environment or something based on the .308 NATO or 30-06 cartridge for a more rural setting.
Taking a lesson from yesterday’s post. What can you do if you don’t own one of those and money is tight? There’s a few options that are good and other that will work if you need them to. For instance in an urban setting do you have a pistol caliber carbine? Go with it. If not how about a shotgun? With the right load and some training it can be effective a little past 100 yards.
In a rural setting just about any bolt action rifle would do. Just recently there as a sale at Wal-Mart where a Ruger American 30-06 could be had for $200. As a bonus, it takes detachable magazines speeding up the reload. However extra magazines are pricey. Just be sure whatever you get you take it to the range and get some practice with it. If you can get some competent formal training as well. It can only make you better.
All too often the cognoscenti in the firearms community gets way too focused on the new hotness. If one looks around at the various magazines, You Tube videos and social media for advice on defensive hardware they will be bombarded with images of AR15s, Benellis, Sig Saur, Glock, Springfield 😄 and more. But what do they do if all they have is Grandpa’s old gun he brought back from the war, hunted deer with etc. and can’t afford anything else right now? Here’s the video that inspired this post from Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch:
What do you do when a student shows up to a class with one of these guns? Could you teach them how to use it? Would you? Sometimes we may need to venture outside of our comfort zone to help people be safe. Being prepared to help those who need to puts us a step ahead in the game.
Think she’ll need a better holster from The Well Armed Woman though.
Chicago is known for two things to civil-rights activists; a hotbed of Gang violence and for being extremely hostile towards the private ownership of firearms. Now thanks to the recent trends of anti-police hostility, the people in Chicago are realizing that they are responsible for their personal safety.
Recently the Police Union in Chicago has begun urging its members to turn down non-mandatory overtime during Labor Day weekend. Overtime is something many officers use to supplement their pay, so this is not a light request by the Union. I do support the reasoning for making this call and hope the officers follow it.
The affected communities’ reaction to the news that Police presence will be much thinner over the long weekend could be described as panic. A few leaders realized that they have an option and that option is the armed citizen. So now they are making the call that every legally armed citizen turn out to protect their community over the Labor Day weekend.
Thing is those who are thinking about getting a firearm now will likely have to wait until after the holiday thanks to Illinois and Chicago’s drawn out process for obtaining permission to exercise a right that “shall not be infringed.” I do feel somewhat sorry for the people affected by this. At the same time their responsibility in creating this situation by electing representatives who favor anti-civil rights policies cannot be ignored.
Let’s hope the lessons from Labor Day weekend are remembered come November.