Sunday, March 4, 2012

Not an unreasonable conclusion. "Some say re-election fear is driving gun sales in Fort Worth, elsewhere " Guns are easy. Logistics is hard.

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” -- Attributed to Edmund Kean, celebrated Shakespearean actor, 1787 -- 1833.
"Nationwide, more people than ever are buying firearms."
The owner of Cheaper Than Dirt says:
"Look who the Republicans are trying to put against Obama," he said. "It's the Keystone Kops and people are getting scared. People are terrified he's going to get re-elected and then he won't care about getting votes next time. He'll just pass whatever legislation he wants."
Alan Korwin seconds:
"People are concerned that if Obama wins, as a lame duck, he will go after firearms in a way we have never seen before. We saw a fire sale when he was elected last time," he said. "But the speculation is that now ... with his need to get re-elected gone, the sky is the limit on attacking the Second Amendment."
This is not an unreasonable conclusion from the available evidence. However, before you spend all your money on that thousand dollar black rifle, I would remind you of a scene from the CBS post-EMP show, Jericho, in the episode "Coalition of the Willing." The Jericho folks just made an alliance with a criminal band and after the successful conclusion of their first joint operation, where both sides had agreed to a split of the battlefield pickups, the criminal gang reneges and takes everything. (There's a message there about being careful of who you choose for allies.)
"We just gonna let them go? We need those guns!" says an angry Jake.
"Guns?" Hawkins muses, "Guns are easy."
Of course, Hawkins, the government undercover man, just happens to have a storage locker full of M14s and other goodies, gifted to him by a screenwriter with foresight. But there is a lesson here, if I might combine both Kean and Hawkins:
Guns are easy. Logistics is hard.
This country has plenty of firearms. But I would guess that 95% of their owners have no more than a 50 round box or two of ammo for each of them, and they consider that plenty.
So, if you already have a rifle, a shotgun and a sidearm -- and are COMPETENT with each -- don't spend all your money on an upgrade rifle, spend it on ammunition. If you are not competent with them all, spend the money on training. Training, local organization and logistics are the hard elements of preparedness. Guns are easy.


Chef said...

And don't forget spare parts. Springs, pins, bolts, firing pins, etc.
Oh yeah, and plenty of Break Free and extra bore brushes and cleaning rods.

Anonymous said...

We have to fear something much worse than legislation from an Obama 2nd term. The thing we have to fear most is the supreme court judge(s) he will appoint. The next President will certainly get to appoint at least one more judge. That's all it will take to finish destroying the 2nd Amendment. WORK HARD FOR OBAMA'S DEFEAT! THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS THAT HE CAN DEFEAT OBAMA! Nothing else really matters.

Anonymous said...

Dependability and ammo.we need not worry about pulling off the miraculous mile and half sniper shot.We want something that`s going to put a whole lot of lead down range in a hurry.You can get 2or 3 AK`s for the price of 1 AR and they will stand up to abuse or neglect much better.Ammo in the 7.62x39 is easily available now and relatively inexpensive.Logistics aint that hard if you plan ahead.At least 10,000 rds.on hand as a starting point.And keep adding to it every chance you get.Also keep in mind if your going to have more than one weapon in use try to keep them of the same caliber.John Wayne and Rambo are movie characters,in the real world during a close in firefight,what`s called a dynamic critical situation,you will be so pumped up you will loose fine motor skill`s.You don`t want to be fumbling around trying to put the wrong ammo in a weapon.Another point that is of the utmost importance if you intend getting involved in this is - SAFETY ! Unit leaders MUST ! constantly stress MUZZLE AWARENESS ! You cant afford to have anyone killed or wounded by a negligent discharge.

Mattexian said...

I agree whole-heartedly, sir! I was having a similar discussion with a friend, after I was wishing to buy a 10-22 to use at an Appleseed class. I eventually realized I would be better off using one of the rifles I already own, and learning how to use it better, and buying more ammo for them, than buying yet another gun.

Anonymous said...

Mike, you cannot drum that into these numb skulls heads. I have plenty of friends that never buy ammo and never go to the range but they sure have some nice expensive tricked out guns. Bone Heads!

J. Croft said...

In other words, learn how to manufacture ammunition and spare parts. The latter are easy it's the ammunition that's going to require some coordinated effort to brew up the smokeless gunpowder, primer compounds, the presses to make the bullets and cartridge cases. Info's out there now on places like,, the torrents, Download now. An 1850's manual on the Enfield rifled musket has a recipe for percussion caps... that's primers. Called "the new rifle musket".

pdxr13 said...

LOGISTICS: Consider it as TIME and OPTIONS.

When you have location, with water/heat/cooling/power/people/training/food/clothes/tribe/medical supplies/security, IN-DEPTH, you have the option to sit tight and do NOTHING (visible, overt: observe from concealment & report) or ANYTHING (as needed to preserve life and property).

When you have nothing planned, thin (weeks, at best) supplies of food/water/fuel, and minimal supply lines and/or means to deal on the New Free Market (PM coins, restricted supplies, commercial canned food, fuels, medical supplies, etc.), PEOPLE WILL BE FORCED TO ACT IMMEDIATELY (bug out, surrender to FEMA camp, loot neighbors, desperate criminal acts that will bring attention by victims and what powers remain) regardless of the risk, even if that risk could diminish after a season or a year.

Everything you need in the future is available now, and will in the future, seem like the very cheapest things. The price of a DisneyWorld week-long family Vacation will make the difference if spent properly now.

Without a supply system that can provide what is needed, when it's needed, you ain't got sh!t. A famous line about this is "My kingdom for a horse!".


SWIFT said...

I went to a local gun show yesterday. A couple observations: while this show is not known for bulk ammo, it is good for parts and 781/782 gear. There were fewer tables than normal but wall-to-wall people. I use the term "people" as opposed to customers, because many are unemployed and flat out cannot afford an upgrade firearm. Don't know what it's like in the rest of the country, but times are getting harder here. My "circle of friends" seemed to draw attention from what looked like two, white bread type, rookie, ATF or PSP bottom feeders. Their attempts at eavesdropping were pathetic. Based on what I observed, if Obama is re-elected, people are going to be hard pressed to acquire any, more, or better guns in this neck of the woods.

Pericles said...

Tactics win battles.

Logistics wins wars.

Anonymous said...

You can never have too much ammo!

Anonymous said...

The book "The Pelican Brief" is not about birds but about the killing of some Supreme Court Justices. Interesting book.

Scott J said...

And practice that is semi-realistic at least is a need too.

I spent a couple of decades thinking I was a great shot because I could stand facing a target 7-10 yards away and put every shot into a palm-sized group or less no matter the gun (with revolvers I could frequently get smaller than a quarter). All slow-fire of course.

Then I started IDPA in 2011 where you have to move and shoot from behind cover and sometimes from less than ideal stances while trying to engage all targets in the shortest time possible while still getting good center mass hits. Very humbling experience.

Sean said...

For those of you feeling the Crunch, don't forget reloading as a way to increase your net of ammo on hand. Can't afford the cost of the reload equipment and start-up? Get together with one or more gunnies,and pool your dough to get what you need, and you got a sort of co-op, with each person pitching in, and all benefitting. Your ammo will not only cost less, it will bring some of us together, and more will know how to do it. Just sit down, and figure out a few rules, and BAM! you can do it.

JokersWild said...

So Lower Than Dirt is already beating the Obama drum again? As a Texan and resident of the metroplex from whence CTD hails, I can freshly remember the day after Obamanation took office. Their prices not only doubled, some of them went up 500% or greater. 99% of gun shop owners give the other 1% a bad name! Fear & loathing is their bread & butter.

Anonymous said...

Swift - OK, I'll bite. What is 781/782 gear?