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ammunition supply and demand

When did they start adding Unobtanium to powder, primers, brass and completed ammunition? The results have been in our face since the 4th-generation-war on us began a year ago. I have read many explanations, but none pass my smell test – that is, smelling like the truth. There is just something a bit off when those of us rather select few who reload our own ammunition are, for over a year unable to find powder OR primers OR reloadable brass from the suppliers we have been using for decades. Loaded ammunition is also scarce with empty shelves where a HUGE variety used to await our purchases whenever the mood struck. Even law enforcement agencies have found their regular channels […]

New gun owners

Hollywood’s fake shooters and real experts in online videos can be very misleading and quite dangerous for those new and inexperienced with firearms. I have helped a large number of newbies and novices to a level of relatively safe competence. I am good at that. I am not a master in any class or form of the shooting sports, but I am a good teacher of this and other things I understand well enough to impart key ingredients. It is crucial that you select your first firearms from real advice and thoughtful counsel rather than from what looks good in action movies or excites a speed-gunner expert … or much worse, the wannabe Rambos behind too many gun shop […]

county legalizes arrest of feds who try to violate 2nd Amendment

This is not actually my county, though it certainly is my spirit county on this topic. I doubt our county commissioners are as intelligent and courageous as the ones who passed this ordinance. Missouri county legalizes the arrest of feds who try to violate citizens Second Amendment rights by Katie Daviscourt, Seattle, WA If big tech continues censoring conservatives, that means our days on these platforms may be numbered. Please take a minute to sign up to our mailing list so we can stay in touch with you, our community. Subscribe Now! In preparation of the Biden administration passing potential anti-gun legislation, a county in Missouri passed an ordinance which would invalidate the federal government from infringing on the Second […]

Open letter to Senator Jon Tester

Dear Senator Tester, MSSA doesn’t often contact you asking for specific performance.  Now, however, is a time when that is unavoidable.  We hear a lot of talk about various possible gun control measures that are now or may soon be before Congress. On behalf of Montana gun owners, we formally ask that you both work and vote against any and every measure and motion that would reduce or restrict the right to keep and bear arms that the people have reserved to themselves in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically from government interference. We want you to know that Montana’s legal gun owners feel very strongly on this subject.  Please do not convert law-abiding Montana gun owners […]

Montana state house and sheriffs hate you

From: Gary Marbut and Montana Shooting Sports Association Dear MSSA Friends, MSSA’s bill to prevent state and local government employees from enforcing the expected raft of federal gun control, HB 258, was tabled by the House Judiciary Committee today. Read on … HB 258 was tabled primarily because of opposition to the bill by the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA), arguably the most anti-gun organization in Montana’s history. It appears that MSPOA is eager to have its members enforce federal firearm and magazine bans, and much more. This is not a position that is likely to appeal to rank and file law enforcement officers who will be expected to kick in doors and seize outlawed firearms and […]

AMMO – up, up and away

I just tripped over an article I published April of 2019 discussing ammunition selection, price, availability and practicality. I will republish much of it below. 7.62×39 Whoah! 7.62×39 is currently dirt cheap, readily available, and I have hardly any of it! It is almost stupid-crazy that the only thing cheaper to shoot than this big-game-capable round is wimpy .22 Long Rifle rimfire. Dang you can burn a lot of 7.62×39 for just a few bucks and it will reach out a couple hundred yards with more-than-adequate accuracy and effectiveness. Reloaders find bullets, that is the projectiles, more expensive than completely loaded ammo. The reloaders still have to buy primers, powder and the bullets before they go through the meticulous process […]

sight-in Round-TUIT

Coulda-shoulda- dunnit sooner, but nevermind all that, I got my new Sightmark scope sighted in … and had fun in the process. The Wraith is an electronic scope that has now impressed me A LOT. It is my first non-mechanical scope, but not my most expensive. Yet it was considered a breakthrough at the February 2020 SHOT SHOW in that you could use it both day and night AND it was very reasonably priced at $400 on the street. For this particular rifle, thousand-yard shots are not on the agenda, nor even half that. A couple hundred is the outer reach for my 300 AAC Blackout. It doesn’t take a thousand dollar scope to reliably deliver accuracy at that […]

novice shooter videos

There is no hiding that our world is becoming increasingly dangerous to people, families, neighborhoods and liberty. Previously anti-gun or ignorant about firearms people are awakening to a personal responsibility for defense. The explosion in gun sales tells some of the story. Mandatory background checks for purchases from licensed gun dealers from January through June this year were 19,180,047. Nineteen MILLION guns sold from January to July this year. Dealers report MOST OF THOSE ARE FIRST TIME GUN BUYERS. That matches my personal experiences. Even in well-armed Podunk, Montana guns and ammo are in very short supply, and prices are climbing according to the rules of scarcity. A handful of people who understand that I know a bit about […]

buying .38 Special ammunition

I heard rumors that guns and ammo were getting hard to buy. I found out recently just how true that is. I expected in the socialist, Marxist, anti-gun meccas that a sudden recognition that we are ultimately responsible for defending ourselves would empty the very few gun and ammo shops that managed to survive in liberal paradises. In my area that is definitely not the case. Here we have more guns than fingernails and more ammo than leg hairs. Nothing the news media sends our way can inspire a gunned-up neighborhood to run out and whimsically purchase a bunch more. However, Montana does have a few enclaves of blind sheep who are having the wool coverings removed from their eyes. […]

I have my six covered

The wingman is a pilot of another plane whose job is to cover his or her lead’s six o’clock—behind him—in an attack Put another way, the lead is able to focus on the clear threat BECAUSE the wingman is covering the area outside his peripheral vision; covering his back. This, gentlemen, is the reason you want to park your dang ego and help your partner be competent with firearms. If you are any good at all, you should work at coaching. If that is not a good, natural fit for you, for goodness sakes, recognize that and bring in someone who is. My WingWife has similar competency to her lead man.

I am not killing someone over food

I was teaching revolver and shotgun fundamentals to some people recently. Afterwards I asked if they were considering one or the other for home, family and community defense, one answered with my title line, “I am not killing someone over food”. That made me think. I believe I will not kill to take someone else’s food. It would be incredibly destructive of my spirit, soul, karma, eternal being to go for 71 years on the positive side and trash that in my last few months as an Earthly mortal. I am convinced I won’t end my life on that side of the cosmic ledger by choice. I have read and studied a lot of fiction and non-fiction about dysfunctional societies. […]

SO THE AMMO IS GONE, WHAT’S NEXT?

Posted by NC Scout | Jul 17, 2020 | NC Scout, Preparedness & Homesteading | 5  |      Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you’ve probably noticed that guns and ammo are being sold at record levels- surpassing 2008 & the post-Newtown hysteria by a long shot. And while I’ve heard some say the gun control debate “has been settled”, there’s Dementia Joe’s ghost writers reminding us that its not a debate, its a power differential. That aside, like the animals fleeing Mount Saint Helens weeks before it blew its top, people are hoarding the first thing that comes to mind- that which provides security. You were warned, for decades now. And many heeded the warning, thankfully. But arms and ammo are just one piece of the equation. […]

ATF vs constitution

By Michael LeMieux February 6, 2013 NewsWithViews.com In the United States, under a republican form of government, power is divided between the states and the central government. Within the central government, as is within the states, that power is further sub-divided between branches of the government. All of these government organizations have charters or documents that govern what power they have and the boundaries each organization must adhere to. The fundamental document outlining these powers and duties are the constitutions for their respective governments. Any action by these organizations that does not have a basis within their founding constitutions is unconstitutional and therefore constitutionally illegal. In this article we will be dealing primarily with gun laws and the primary organization […]

coaching, empowering self-defense

I once was an active NRA-certified junior rifle coach. More relevant, I am a very good teacher. Yesterday my three charges voiced and agreed that “He is a very good coach” – which is just about the finest compliment one can lay on me. Thank you for that one. That came up because a couple from the west coast passed through our neighborhood, and I gave them the opportunity to burn some ammunition on our short range (10-30 meters). I laid out a table of .22 semi-auto pistols, a 9mm Glock, 38 Special revolvers, .22 rifles and a 20-gauge shotgun, then helped them through familiarization, safety, handling, loading and shooting whatever captured their interests. We had FUN My standard […]