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Out of ammo

[Today’s run: 5.2 miles]

I have just recently found out about the apparently nationwide lack of common rifle and pistol ammunition. A month or so ago my son and I went to the local shooting range where I got to try out his pistol, which uses the common 9mm ammunition. I am not a prolific shooter, but I like making noise every once in awhile, as much as anyone else.

So I have been attempting to restock the ammunition that we used and have found it challenging. On a recent trip to Des Moines we stopped in Bass Pro Shop (Altoona) and they had none. We did find some at the Brownell’s near Grinnell on the return trip but there was a limited supply. Today we went to Cabellas in Prairie Du Chien and they were completely out. (We bought some other stuff.) We stopped at a handy independent sporting goods store also in PdC and they were out.

We even encountered a bit of a challenge finding 20 gauge slugs for our deer hunting a month ago.

I am told the reason for this is that during the summer many people who did not previously own guns bought one and also some ammunition for their new acquisition. I’m not sure if that is to be chalked up to the election, the pandemic or exactly what. But the situation now is empty shelves.

One reply on “Out of ammo”

I recall reading about that back when TP was impossible to find (we had plenty – COSTCO). It fascinates me that some people buy guns for protection in America – that these folk have little regard for the innate morality of those around them and don’t think the institutions they have to protect them are up to the challenge. (I can understand it more if one lives in crime infested area.)

Of course, after recent events in DC, my view on the matter has modified – to see what grown adults are capable of doing in broad daylight with cell phone cameras there, as if they are proud of breaking and entering federal property. Who is safe when people are capable of behaving in such a way in such numbers? The police can’t be everywhere at once.

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