I was one of millions who got the email from Larry Potterfield this morning. Larry is CEO of MidwayUSA.com, a gigantic online ammunition, gun parts, and sporting goods retailer. They’re like the Amazon of bullets. Huge.
“I’ve been in this business 35 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. We’re monitoring politics and policy on a daily basis, and doing our best to process every order as fast as we can. But we’re swamped, so please be patient. Demand for some of our products is sky high, so we’ve had to limit purchase quantities and cancel backorders. We have not raised our prices except where necessary because we do not believe in taking advantage of the situation.”
Or words to that effect. Larry seems like a decent guy, and he runs his company on a square deal and a handshake kind of way. I’ve never ever had a problem with Midway, and the few times I’ve needed to return something it’s always been an easy process. Lots of gun companies are like that, even the big ones. You’re almost like family, and that’s nice.
So I bop over to MidwayUSA.com to see just how bad things are. I pull up Ammunition, Pistol, Center Fire and go with the default sort by Popularity. Of the top 96 products - and there are hundreds more of coure - “Coming Soon” and “Out of stock, no backorder” seem to be the most popular. Ha, I jest, a tiny bit. No jest: of the top 103 types of pistol ammo, he had one in stock. ONE.
Liberty Halo-Point Civil Defense ammunition is a high velocity, extremely accurate load designed for self-defense. The 50 Grain Lead-Free Fragmenting Hollow Point bullet travels at 2000 feet per second, resulting in 12 inches of ballistic gel penetration and a permanent wound cavity greater than 5 inches in diameter. This light bullet, high velocity round yields 16% less felt recoil and has an effective range of 25 meters. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, and requires no weapons modifications.
Recall what I said the other day about frangible ammo? And what I said a week or so before that about bullets pushed past their limits? Here it is, um, ahem, in the flesh. Great for personal defense. Terrible for hunting. And you can only have 10 of these 2/5 sized boxes worth, even at $1.20 a shot, so if you’re just arriving for the Apocalypse, you’re a bit SOL.
Of the top 192 types of pistol ammo, he had 4 kinds in stock. This Halo stuff in 9mm and .40S&W, some Hornady rubber pointed Leverevolution stuff in .45 Colt, and some Prvi 7.62x38R FMJ mil-surp stuff. And that was it, running the whole gamut from .25ACP to .45 Colt and beyond. Page after page of empty. Ok, he’s got some oddball stuff, like .30 Luger, .38S&W and .30 Mauser, and a few boxes of thundergun stuff from Buffalo Bore, but the shelves are empty of anything even close to normal power loads in a common caliber. I went through the top 500 products, and that was all that there was. Then the page crashed, because the servers there are overwhelmed.
The rifle ammo situation isn’t much different, and I don’t know the situation with shotgun shells. Didn’t get a chance to look.
Hope you stocked up on ammo this past summer.
There are gun control bills blooming in nearly every statehouse in the country, plus all the garbage in DC. Gun owners are pushing back, contacting their representatives left and right. We are marching and protesting. We don’t want any of it. None. And if push comes to shove, we won’t be having any of it. We will not accept any law that turns currently law-abiding citizens, freely exercising their God-given right, into criminals with the stroke of a pen. We will resist. We’ve gone along to get along for far too long, and that’s enough. No more. Not ever. Never again.
Well, for the really sweet defensive stuff, you just need a couple of boxes; feed a box or so to the pistol to see if it’ll eat them, then a couple of mags to carry. No sucha thing as 7.62x38R; there’s 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R, but both of those are rifle rounds. But yeah, everyone’s out of everything anyone wants.
It’s a real oddball orphan round made for the 1895 Nagant revolver, which had a gas seal concept that tried to fix the “side blast” effect you get when shooting a revolver. It didn’t work well; none of those “fixes” really do.
But the 7 shot revolver is quite sturdy, you can get one for under $100 to $150, you can shot .38S&W Long ammo in it or forge your own from .32-20 brass. It is not a powerhouse, but it is a solid shooter for cheap.
If you want sticker shock, try shopping for British .455 ammo… It cost a mint to feed my poor Webley. Luckily, I have a ton of brass and molds for the slugs as well as a couple of cans of black powder as well as a few boxes of ammo I picked up from a retiring gun store owner when I bought out his stock of .45 ACP.
I also bought out his stock of .303 Enfield. Had to borrow some cash, but well worth it.
Ya, my buddy went down to the scrap sealer last week and bought up every single .223 casing they had that was usable.That $150 buy will net him double+ that when reloaded and resold.
For the Nagant, try .32 S&W. .38 won’t work. The 7.62x38 is .32, not .38.
Sad thing is there isn’t any ammo available to replace what you shoot at the range. So we’ve had to curtail our range time - which just plain sucks!
Thanks libs, for creating yet another “solution” to a problem that didn’t exist.
Bought two of those Nagants last year! Stupidest idea I’ve seen in a while. They are klunky pieces of shit - but STURDY pieces of shit. The cartridges are the oddest ones I’ve ever seen, having an itty-bitty neck at the mouth. And - yes - the .32S&W’s work fine except for the cylinder flash. But it doesn’t matter - since the pistols are about as accurate as a thrown rock.