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Now Is Not The Time For Panic Buys

For the last two days I’ve heard all sorts of stuff about buying guns and ammo because they might be banned.

Just like four years ago.  They called Obama the best gun salesman ever, and it looks like that record will be beaten.

I hope and pray none of you are out buying cases of ammo or more guns because they’re coming to take them away soon, or they’ll be banned soon.

The laws of supply and demand are a constant.  When demand goes way up, so does the price.

And that means right now is not the right time to be going out and buying stuff in a panic because it might be banned.

Hopefully you already have a reasonable amount of guns and ammo on hand.

In which case there’s pretty much no reason to run out and fill up a few carts.

If you already had guns or ammo at the top of your TODO list, then maybe wait a few weeks for things to settle down a bit.  They will.

Now just because I say don’t panic doesn’t mean that there’s not a risk.  It’s entirely possible that the Feds will make a play for guns and/or ammo.

Most likely we’ll see it coming, regardless of whether we can do anything about it or not.

But I’m guessing that any sort of new 2nd Amendment infringements aren’t going to be tops on the agenda.

And that means that we’ll see demand go back down when people stop panicking.  And that will be the time to buy.

See, even though I think that you shouldn’t go out and buy NOW, I do think it’s prudent to bump up storage levels of ammo and guns a bit.  Just not now when everyone and their brother is out buying.

If you feel pretty well stocked, well, when things are back to reasonable levels, buy more.

If you’re not stocked but it wasn’t a priority last week, bump it a bit higher on the list once things are back to those levels.

Buy extra for training.  And go get trained.

Remember always … panic is the enemy of wise decisions.

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7 Responses to Now Is Not The Time For Panic Buys

  1. Thank you for your call for calm.

    While there are always more things to buy, I have shifted my focus (and $) to learning skills. I recently finished CERT training (which I loved!), and have CPR/1st aid coming up in a couple weeks.

    Knowing what to do, I hope if I ever need to use these skills that I will act without freezing/panicking.

    Now to take full advantage of all the holiday food sales and stock up on those!

  2. Hi Rudy,

    I am not sure I would call it a panic buy, more like accelerating what I was planning to do eventually. On Thursday, I went and bought an AR-15, my first, along with extra magazines and a case.

    We will see what the 2nd term holds, but there are many scenarios that could make my gun illegal to sell in the future. Or, on line purchase of ammo could be banned by executive order. One never knows. But, I would bet money the prices will go up in the future. Any takers?

  3. Yes, this is exactly the kind of message that preppers should be spreading. There’s been entirely too much unreal panic about this, and the “prepper way” of doing things isn’t based purely on the popular media.

    After all, if we believed the media, we wouldn’t prep.

    Thank you for your message, and I’ll help get it shared. =)

  4. It’s been 4 months and its extremely difficult to find any ammo. What’s your thought now that 4 months have past, the Sandy Hook shootings and the fact that this administration and democrats are actively attempting to restrict law abiding citizens attempts to arm them selfs, which the Constitution states that these rights SHALL not be infringed upon. Everyday I stop to buy ammo and usually am not able simply because there is no ammo in stock. On top of that, why is the federal government making the largest purchase of ammo in its history.

    Ill give this to any entrepreneur, start printing bumper stickers that read “OBAMA, GUNS and AMMO salesmen of the year”.

    • I think we have a ways to go before ammo is readily available. At this point it’s very much a supply/demand thing and we’re on the off side of that curve.

      I do think things will start slacking off a bit as folks stop panicking about the gun control noise, and folks that bought up all the ammo start selling some of it.

      As far as the feds go … hard to say! I have my theories but I don’t really want to share them in a public forum…

  5. Thanks Rudy,
    I’m hoping for the best. I have four children i think about first. For the last minute preppers who would like to arm themselves, do you have any advise for obtaining ammo? It’s a self security issue for a lot of people. They may just feel safer if they had a little more in stock.