Thursday, July 17, 2014
Yesterday, Russian rifles - tomorrow, Russian ammo?
As an afterthought to my previous post about the apparent shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over the Donetsk region of Ukraine, here's something for shooting enthusiasts to consider. Yesterday President Obama banned the importation of many popular Russian rifles and shotguns based on the famous AK-47 design. In the aftermath of today's tragedy, he's sure to face pressure for further sanctions on Russia . . . and a very likely candidate will be its ammunition manufacturers, who sell their products by the container-load to the USA. Brand names with which you may be familiar include (in alphabetical order) Barnaul, Brown Bear, Golden Bear, Golden Tiger, Silver Bear, Tula and Wolf.
Back in March I pointed out that the Ukraine crisis might lead to restrictions on the importation of Russian and/or Ukrainian ammunition. I'd say that's just become a probability rather than a possibility . . . and the major Ukrainian ammunition factories, which might have replaced Russian imports, are in the disputed regions of that country. They may end up being run by dissidents who won't want to supply the USA, or even being taken over by Russia if it grabs the disputed regions for itself (as it has the Crimea).
I'd say this is probably a good time to check your reserve stocks of 7.62x39mm, 7.62x54mm., 9mm. Makarov and other Soviet or Russian calibers and cartridges (and any Western calibers for which you buy lower-cost Russian or Ukrainian ammunition). I've got sufficient to last me for a while, but I know others have allowed their stocks to run down due to the increased ammo prices encountered since the 2012 elections. If I were in their shoes, I'd be remedying that situation most ricky-tick.