Here we are, months into this ‘thing,’ and favorite brand ammo (whatever your favorite is) has become more scarce than hair on a frog. I’m on about a dozen, “notify me when back in stock,” lists, and I’m sure I’m on the light end of people on ammo availability email lists.
Time on the live fire range is becoming more dear and time between sessions is getting much longer. Gone are the days of expending 500 rounds in a training course for combat pistol/rifle. Besides the ammo cost, the course and travel cost could go for purchasing ammo, right?
So if you’re like me, and are not independently wealthy, meaning you have to watch where you spend your money, what are some things that can be done to mitigate less time on the range?
How can you make the ammo you have last longer while not giving up live fire completely?
Here’s a few ideas, none of which are ‘the best idea ever’ – these are just to get started:
- Bite the bullet and use what disposable funds you have and pay the higher cost for the ammo.
- Increase the amount of dry fire you do, and if you have a regularly scheduled time to go to the range, make that particular dry fire session reflect your range time as much as you can.
- Lessen the amount of rounds you fire. I usually expend 150 to 200 rounds per session. I could drop that to 50 and thereby shorten my range time. That’d extend the amount of time my practice ammo is currently projected to last a long time.
- If you are performing services or selling things, take ammo in trade.
I’m sure you get the idea; there are many more things that can be done. List your suggestions in the comments.