This post had a catalyst at the Woodpile Report, here. As per usual, he’s got a great perspective. Contrarians, however, will take that perspective as a reason to argue or castigate those who recommend what we at DTG call, the, “absolute, bare bones minimum” for the ‘care and feeding’ of your pet rifle. Uncle Remus is right: 1,000 rounds won’t last long. Think about it. We recommend a basic load of 210 rounds (7 standard 30 round magazines) and a 1 day resupply (120 rounds) as what’s carried either on the LBE or in the ruck during NPT operations. That equals 33% of your reserve. 1 case isn’t going to last long should you get into a scrape.
Now, long time readers of DTG are keenly aware that we recommend 1,000 rounds of ammo per rifle and 500 rounds per pistol possessed for basic preparedness to be held in reserve as the absolute, bare-bones minimum amount of ammo to have on hand. The total doesn’t include training ammunition, nor does it take into account the fact that preparedness minded people should be increasing their holdings in ammo, food, weapons, tools, etc., as finances allow and time continues to move forward.
We’ve also held that you need to shoot about 1,000 rounds per year between your rifle and pistol. You could get away with less if you’re a seasoned shooter and do dry fire drills on a regular basis. In that event, you could drop the total down to about 500 rounds a year (250 per weapon) shooting about every 2.5 to 3 months or so. Not recommended, but you could keep your skills up.
What this boils down to is this: You’re going to have to spend some money on ammo regularly. Fortunately, right now, ammo in popular calibers is as low as we can remember in the last decade. That translates to get as much as you can afford now, and don’t bet on this price lull lasting anymore than the next mid-term election. What do I mean? Simply this: If, for some reason (like the Republicans fail to deliver on their major promises), the
communists…err…sorry..progressive democrats take back a majority in the house or senate, what do you think is going to happen to ammo and weapons prices? 3 words: Through. The. Roof. Think about it and act accordingly.
Don’t limit yourself to ammo and weapons, either. Just about everything in the peparedness world is on sale because most people mistakenly believe President Trump is going to solve everything in a matter of months. That’s nice to hope for, but it’s just not realistic.
Try to budget in a training class if you’re not possessing basic survival or SUT skills. If you have those skills, you should budget in regularly scheduled training exercises and help those folks who don’t have them get the fundamentals down.
Network locally. Try to feel out folks who live near you and may want to use this time to put themselves in a more tenable circumstance.
Above all, stay in a positive frame of mind and make shooting, prepping, training, and networking a fun experience for those you’re helping. It’ll pay huge dividends when SHTF.
Oh….and buy more ammo.