Friday, February 8, 2013
In today's liberal/progressive/left-leaning news media, if you asked journalists to suggest one word that encapsulated the notion of 'ammunition', I'm sure you'd get many answers. 'Scary'; 'dangerous'; 'deadly'; 'hateful'; these and many others all spring to mind.
I'm here to tell you they're all wrong. I've got a much, much more accurate and descriptive word for the stuff.
I've just finished going through my ammo stash, extracting everything that's surplus to current requirements, and cataloging it in a spreadsheet for sale at local gun shows, starting tomorrow. Some has already been sold to readers of this blog, who contacted me after reading my earlier post about it. The remainder's been packed into seven containers, which I now have to carry out to my vehicle tomorrow morning (one at a time, of course) to transport to the gun show. Believe me, several thousand rounds of assorted rifle, handgun and shotgun ammunition add up to a really heavy load! (Don't worry, I have plenty left in the calibers and cartridges I use and need most.)
There's no way I'm going to be able to carry it all into the gun show. I'll leave it in my vehicle, go in wearing a backpack with signs fastened to it - "See me for ammo in these calibers and gauges" - and meet prospective buyers outside every hour or so. I'll ask 75%-80% of current retail prices as a starting point for negotiations, and hope to sell the lot before the end of the month. If I succeed, that'll pay for my truck's new tires, plus a few other emergency preparations as well.
On the other hand, this exercise has highlighted the current price insanity over ammunition. I paid less than 25% of current retail prices for almost all the stuff I'm selling! If I get reasonable prices for it by today's standards, as an investment it'll have handily outperformed the stock market, precious metals, my retirement fund, and everything else since I arrived in this country. Works for me!