America armed, but guns not necessarily loaded - I am laughing at the Libs believing this

America armed, but guns not necessarily loaded - I am laughing at the Libs believing this

NEW ORLEANS – Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition.

Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation — even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before.

"That is going to cause an upswing in ammunition sales," said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association representing about 5,000 members. "Without bullets a gun is just a paper weight."

The shortage for sportsmen is different than the scarcity of ammo for some police forces earlier this year, a dearth fueled by an increase in ammo use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We are working overtime and still can't keep up with the demand," said Al Russo, spokesman for North Carolina-based Remington Arms Company, which makes bullets for rifles, handguns and shotguns. "We've had to add a fourth shift and go 24-7. It's a phenomenon that I have not seen before in my 30 years in the business."

Americans usually buy about 7 billion rounds of ammunition a year, according to the National Rifle Association. In the past year, that figure has jumped to about 9 billion rounds, said NRA spokeswoman Vickie Cieplak.

Jason Gregory, who manages Gretna Gun Works just outside of New Orleans, has been building his personal supply of ammunition for months. His goal is to have at least 1,000 rounds for each of his 25 weapons.

"I call it the Obama effect," said Gregory, 37, of Terrytown, La. "It always happens when the Democrats get in office. It happened with Clinton and Obama is even stronger for gun control. Ammunition will be the first step, so I'm stocking up while I can."

So far, the new administration nor Congress has not been markedly antigun. Obama has said he respects Second Amendment rights, but favors "common sense" on gun laws. Still, worries about what could happen persist.

Demand has been so heavy at some Walmarts, a limit was imposed on the amount of ammo customers can buy. The cutoff varies according to caliber and store location, but sometimes as little as one box — or 50 bullets — is allowed.

At Barnwood Arms in Ripon, Calif., sales manager Dallas Jett said some of the shortages have leveled off, but 45-caliber rounds are still hard to find.

"We've been in business for 32 years and I've been here for 10 and we've never seen anything like it," Jett said. "Coming out of Christmas everything started to dry up and it was that way all through the spring and summer.

Nationwide, distributors are scrambling to fill orders from retailers.

"We used to be able to order 50 or 60 cases and get them in three or four days easy, it was never an issue," said Vic Grechniw of Florida Ammo Traders, a distributor in Tampa, Fla. "Now you are really lucky if you can get one case a month. It just isn't there because the demand is way up."

A case contains 500 or 1,000 bullets.

At Jefferson Gun Outlet and Range in Metairie just west of New Orleans, owner Mike Mayer is worried individuals are going to start buying by the case.

"If someone wants to shoot on the weekend you have to worry about having the ammunition for them. And I know some people aren't buying to use it at the range, they're taking it home and hoarding it."

With demand, prices have also risen.

"Used to be gold, but now lead is the most expensive metal," said Donald Richards, 37, who was stocking up at the Jefferson store. "And worth every penny."

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:04 PM

Anonymous

what the hell?

who carries a garand anyway?if them aint garand "clips",i'll eat my damn hat!

5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:06 PM

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will post the site in a sec...

http://arizona.rifleshooting.com/

4 years 48 weeks ago, 10:35 AM

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thats my outdoor range

(Rio Salado/Usery pass)...they have a rifle course, and after you take it you qualify to buy milsurp garands starting at $300-350 going up depending on condition, but still pretty cheap.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:32 PM

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those are Garands

very nice weapons

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:38 PM

Anonymous

thanks Lucky!

my hat is pretty greasy...

5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:44 PM

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hey greasy

what the hell is wrong with carrying a garand anyway?

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:47 PM

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mosin

nothing,other than they are heavy!i would like to find a garand barreled action and an M14 trigger/mag well assembly and build me a MUTT.a garand that uses M14 magazines.

5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:48 PM

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nice

sounds like a fun mutt to have

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism" -George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:53 PM

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mutt

my friend built one.you have to do a bit of grinding on the garand receiver to make everything fit but it works real well and looks like a M1A on 'roids!

5 years 13 weeks ago, 5:36 PM

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I miss my Garand

I really want to buy another one, but new models aren't cheap, and there's about a six month wait through CMP. Yet again I say, DAMN POWERBALL!!!!

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
5 years 13 weeks ago, 5:59 PM

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we were talking about how South Korea is about to dump huge number, some more than 60,000 Garands on the American market. he was saying how they will start out with very very good price, maybe 400 to 600 dollar, but that price will go up shortly after sale begin. pops have hear about this too and is looking into it with our friend who owns the gun shop where our family alway do business.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:08 PM

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I've bought so many guns in such a short time that I have to take a step back and figure out what my next priorities are. Accessories such as a supressor for my M4 are at the top of the list. More guns will have to wait.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:10 PM

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understand how much you want suppressor for your M4. that will be very nice addition accessory neh. btw about how much would one expect to pay for such device for M4 class rifle ka

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:16 PM

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About 1600 dollars

for the Surefire supressor, new quick detach muzzle brake and NFA tax stamp. I'm hoping to get one for Christmas, but it'll probably be longer.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:25 PM

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but not personally own M4 rifle so defer to your better understanding. of course ryo would have thought you would already own NFA class stamp. but since you still in the military can't you get a deferment for this ka

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:32 PM

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NFA tax stamp is a one time 200 dollar tax you pay for various weapons or devices. The dealers's license, class 3 license as many people call it, is an annually renewed license to be able to transfer the same types of items as many times as you want. I don't know if I'll ever deal in NFA weapons, and I'm only going to buy the one supressor, so the one time tax stamp will be suitable for me. 1600 for the setup is a bit pricey, but it's hard to put a price on that kind of fun. Then there's the fact that my M4 is my primary home defense longarm and since the M4 with 16" barrel puts out about 165db of impulse noise in a room, and you begin permanent hearing damage at about 145 db impulse, a supressor makes for safe shooting. Now how could my wife say no to that kind of logic? I'm sure she'll find a way. It'll probably go a little like this:

"Honey, can I have a supressor for Christmas?"
"No."
"Okay, thanks for listening, dear."
"No."

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:35 PM

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but it honto alway true about the mother of the house anyway. it was same for us too when we still had our mother. good luck for christmas neh!

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:42 PM

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She just tells me what kind and when I'm allowed.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
5 years 13 weeks ago, 6:44 PM

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ryo have little bit trouble trying to imagine you in skirt neh lol! ebear chan might have something to say about this though neh

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 7:43 PM

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PANTS...

know the feeling run
I am waiting on my allowance for a new shotgun.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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Hey Lonewolf at

least you get a allowance lol

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