Locally we're running out of all popular ammunition, all shotguns of all types with 18-20" barrels, all Ar-15's, and the local shop has just a few AK's left over, surprisingly. Most popular handguns are sold out nationally as well.
Most people are buying handguns, which would be one of my last choices for home defense, personally...but people do what they do.
The background check system is currently rather broken. Of course the people who complain most are the types who wanted such things in place to begin with.
The trench gun is a few screws from being put back into action. I kinda miss it. I used a tap in the same size as the heat shield threads to scribe the proper depth this time around. Hopefully it all holds up.
I've been shooting my pistols a bit on/off and they're all getting a bit gritty and cantankerous in operation. Not very good. They're all due for a cleaning
Another 500 45 ACP empties yesterday got filled up again. My survivalist geek is laughing at today's chaos. I get nervous when I get below a few thousand rifle and pistol rounds loaded and ready to go. Now with all this time, I'm WAAAAY above that.
These are the 45 ACP empties I have at the ready. Probably twice that many 9mm ready to load.
I am going to get back into it again. I will probably do like I did before and just use a single stage. I'll start with .454 Casull, then long colt. I don't usually collect my .45acp or 9mm. I just buy another 1000.
I'm lucky and get to shoot pretty frequently, so I have a fair amount on hand normally.
I think I'm a little over 2k in 5.56, 1.2k 9mm, 3-4k .22 and various other calibers.
I posted a few weeks ago about reloading my own and a few days later, this all went down. The hard parts like presses, dies, etc. are all in stock and fine. Finding poweder, brass, etc. for common calibers is crazy. It's not a bad time to diversify calibers, add a lever action 44 and revolver.
Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Christopher C. Krebs Director Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) March 28, 2020
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list.
The advisory list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability[.]
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges. [emphasis mine - FB]
Despite the above, yesterday our dear leader, gov. Blackface, issued a statewide "Stay At Home" order (until June 10th!) and has already decreed that indoor shooting ranges in our beloved Commonwealth of Virginia are merely "amusing," not essential:
What businesses must close? The following recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public:
Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.
President Trump Declares Second Amendment Essential Daniel John Sobieski - March 31, 2020
Among the many illogical things that liberals have tried to include in bills and policies dealing with the Chinese Wuhan Virus pandemic is to try to repeal our gun rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Various jurisdictions have decided that places like gun shops and firing ranges are “non-essential” businesses even as [they] make our communities more dangerous by releasing criminals early and ordering police to ignore certain crimes in the name of fighting the pandemic. Self-defense in a time of social unrest and economic uncertainty is considered unnecessary, as if criminals are going to “social distance” themselves from their victims.
President Trump has given us yet another reason to be grateful we elected him as his administration declares that fighting a pandemic does not justify shredding the Constitution, and that gun ownership and training are in fact essential businesses[.]
An Executive Order from Governor Northam has shut down all indoor shooting ranges, classifying them as "entertainment." Practicing a life-saving skill or learning how to safely shoot a firearm is NOT entertainment!
VCDL members have been contacting the Governor and asking him to take the indoor gun ranges off the entertainment list.
So far all we've had is crickets chirping.
On Friday, the William J. Olson law firm sent a letter to the Governor on VCDL's behalf. Click here to read the letter.
Over the weekend the Federal Department of Homeland Security sent out an advisory that gun ranges are to be considered critical infrastructure. This morning Olson sent another letter on VCDL's behalf with that new information. Click here to read that second letter.
Still nothing but crickets.
I have requested that the VCDL Board of Directors approve a lawsuit which would have a stay on the closing of indoor shooting ranges. If the Board approves, we will move forward quickly.
If you know the owners of any indoor shooting ranges and they are interested in participating in the lawsuit, have them contact me (email@example.com). If you are a paying member of an indoor range, you might also consider contributing to the fight as soon as we announce that the lawsuit is in motion.
These ranges CANNOT afford to stay closed until June. Some of these ranges have millions of dollars invested in them. We HAVE to protect the indoor ranges or we will have very few places to shoot in the future, even after the ban is lifted.
In these trying end of time days I decided to finally address some spring issues. A CZ in 40S&W needs a new recoil spring. It seems to eat them regularly. My AR in 22LR has ignition reliability issues. Inbound are a standard hammer spring and reduced power trigger and disconnector springs. It currently has a cut off hammer spring that once worked but is certainly not the best solution.
I also ordered a new light for the CZ. The one that's on it leaves a bit to be desired. MidwayUSA currently has spectacular deals on some Crimson Trace products.
CT makes some good lights, but I'm still partial to my Viridian green laser. ECR actuated - magnet in the holster, magnet switch on the laser. Draw...and it lights. No button to hit, nothing to remember. Under stress...I want to have to "remember" as little as possible.
I may be eyeing a new 1911 with that stimulus check...hard to find one with a rail though. But, there are worse things to do with one's time than shop for new pistols
Rails on a 1911 are like Tomahawk missile box launchers on an Iowa class battleship.
They increase capability, update ancient technology, and look weird.
My only complaint beyond looks about rails is drawing from a holster when it's concealed carry, and the added bulk of a laser/light unit. That said, a 1911 variant with a light & laser is awesome for that bedside quick access safe. I'm less enthusiastic about a 1911 for concealed carry, because for decades my personal body shape made it harder to hide. I've lost some weight lately, and have to invest in a new holster, to see if I can make it work.
Lasermax used to make the wonderful guide rod lasers for the 1911, but I'm told the multiple variations on the 1911 as it became popular to clone, but not exactly, made it too expensive to have a different model for every different barrel length and model. ( Kimber alone needed a catalog ) Also, iirc, they were designed for the old school bushing/plunger Browning design, and weren't compatible with wrench needing guide rods on bushingless guns. Pity.
But for Glock, Sig, HK, and Beretta ( & Taurus clones ) they're still a great force multiplier with almost zero downside.
If I need to use it, I want the deck stacked so far in my favor even I can't screw it up.
Granted, a laser on my polymer striker-fired 9mm looks much more at home than one would on a 1911...but under duress I'll still take every advantage I can get.
Not 100% if I'd carry a 1911 due to weight...but I do love the trigger. I just don't have the cash to buy a range-only piece, it has to serve some purpose for me. I guess I'll see what's actually in stock these days...