In the south (I’m sure that it exists nation wide) there is a reckoning that comes with each pending snowfall. Every local store will be ravaged of its supply of milk and bread. The weather guessers can predict a light dusting, or 1-3 inches per hour all night, and near fist fights will break out over milk and bread. Now, mind you, the loaf of bread/gallon of milk crowd all know that it is winter. Kentucky winters are unpredictable at best. But, the potential for loaf of bread/gallon of milk always exists. And basic winter weather preparation doesn’t change. But, like some strange, unexplainable phenomenon, each time there is snow, a fist fight is in the works over who gets the last loaf of Wonder bread. It matters not that the day after this predicted one inch snowfall that it predicted to have a high of 52 degrees that day. Loaf of bread, Gallon of milk.
It is apparent that the same mentality exists in the firearms community as well.
Recently, the BATFE put out a form letter stating it was considering changing the status of M855 5.56 ammunition classification. Previously, M855 was exempted from the classification of “armor piercing”. With a stroke of the pen, the BATFE is attempting to change that.
Almost instantly, the run on M855 began. Within short order, M855 was out of stock in many places. Strangely, XM193, which is unaffected by this proposed change, began to show out of stock in a few internet retailers sites. Some retailers who claim that their products are dirt cheap, showed M855 at a low, low price of $799.99 per 1,000 round case. Internet gun forums are a buzz with threads that say “ATF bans 855”. Well, nothing has actually been banned as of yet, but the effects seem to be the same.
We’ve seen all this before. The last being the post-Sandy Hook frenzy when the feds made a run at a federal gun control package. During that time, there were a LOT of scalpers. Guys that would stand in line when the ammo truck would come in at Walmart, buy up all the ammo they could, and resell it at twice the price on various internet sites. There was also the gun stores, and internet retailers that marked up their stuff way beyond value. I saw plenty of $50 Magpul PMags in the 30 round variety.
At that time, the scalpers, and those who marked up their products “dirt cheap” really angered me. But, the scalpers and others really aren’t to blame. You could ask “ONE MILLION DOLLARS” (Dr. Evil reference there) for a case of M855 but it does no good to do so unless you have a buyer. That’s where the loaf of bread/gallon of milk crowd comes in. They know that the gun/ammo market ebbs and flows. We’ve enjoyed a nice spring/summer/fall in the gun/ammo market. Lots of $8 PMags, .30ish cent a round 5.56, and I don’t believe the AR market can get any softer. But, the threat of a minor winter storm has brought out the scalpers, and the loaf of bread/gallon of milk crowd.
The point is this. Prepare now. Things are relatively calm in the gun market. If you need magazines, buy a few magazines here and there as you can afford it. Stock a little ammo here and there to last you through the next gun control scare. Get involved in reputable gun rights organizations. Take someone new shooting. There is plenty we can do to prepare now for any potential winter storms that might pop up in the world of firearms.
Just as we all know when it is winter, and bad weather may arise because of it, there is always the chance of another gun control scare. And it is as unpredictable as a Kentucky winter.
Loaf of bread…..gallon of milk.