The End of Ammo
It doesn't matter how much ammo you buy and store, the day will probably come
when the supply ends. It's already happening, with the fedgov getting its marching orders from the UN Agenda 21,
world-domination sociopaths. They shut down the only lead-processing plant in the US, and they are doing their best
to make it difficult to buy ammo. This will, no doubt, continue and get worse, but I'm not going to dwell on the
obvious. Instead, I'm going to share some of my more coherent thoughts regarding possible remedies or alternatives.
One imperfect solution, though not as limited as stored ammo, is reloading spent brass and
handloading new brass. The DIYers doing this are a minority, even among preppers, but they at least have a partial
solution to an ammo shortage and/or stoppage. Neither practice is new, people have been making their own bullets
for many generations. So what's the difference? Handloading is making ammo cartridges from all new components, and
reloading is making ammo or 'rounds' from used brass casings, new bullets, primers and powder. The reason I call
this 'imperfect' is because eventually all new components will be used up, and spent brass, which has been recycled
several times, is no longer fit to be reused. True, some enterprising engineer might manage to create an ammunition
factory, possibly melting brass and lead and making new components. But it's also possible that many people will
run out of ammo long before our engineer builds his factory.
So I am considering other technologies as alternatives to exploding ammo weapons. First, let's
look at pellet guns, and for this discussion, I'm not considering pistols, many of which operate on CO2 gas
cartridges, due to the fact that those cartridges will run out, and most people cannot refill them. There are
several types of pellet rifle: break-barrel and PCP will be discussed here (not CO2 for the same reason).
Break-barrel is a single-shot rifle. You pull down on the the barrel and it compresses a spring. While cocked, you
load a single pellet in the barrel's back end and return it to normal position. Move the safety to 'off' and fire,
the spring pushes a piston to compress air and that propels the pellet, then you cock again. To operate the PCP or
Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle, you compress air into an internal cylinder by operating a handle or slide. A
magazine holds 10 pellets, so you can fire semi-auto until the pellets are used, and a fully-charged cylinder might
fire 40 pellets. PCP rifles are more expensive than break-barrel, about double. The Hatsan, made in Turkey, appears
to be a solid, accurate break-barrel for about $150.
Before going on to the second technology, here are my thoughts on pellet rifles. If you eat
animals, a pellet rifle will help you stay fed, at least with meat. At just under 1000fps, a lead pellet is going
almost as fast as a .22 rimfire bullet, and although it's much lighter, it will still kill animals from
squirrel-size up to turkey. Pellet rifles are not great at armed combat or self-defense, but that does not make
them useless. If you have no more ammo for your firearms and you still need firepower, it's possible that you could
use a pellet rifle to ambush a 'bad guy' - you know, head shot - so you can take his firearm. This tactic has been
used for thousands of years, and it's possible it might work for you. Consider also that a .22 pellet rifle looks
almost identical to a firearm.
Now we come to something a bit more powerful, one of the oldest technologies known to man: bow
and arrow. Before you dismiss this legacy weapon of the ancients, perhaps you should see what it became in the 20th
century. Compound bows have taken the old physics of bending some wood and added a modern twist, to extract more
power from less effort. Just as the ancient bow evolved into the crossbow, so the compound bow has also. But
leaving aside the more complex and costly compound technology, you can find 175-lb fiberglass recurve and
composite-frame crossbows for around $150. And while we're talking money, you can get an 80-lb pistol crossbow for
$30 and make your own bolts from 1/4" dowell. This tiny modern version of that ancient weapon will also help you
stay fed. I've used one, and they are not toys, but rather small weapons that you can operate with one hand.
Coming back to the 175-lb crossbow, I've been reading reviews of the Jaguar, at about the same
price as the Hatsan .22 air rifle but with far more power for hunting animals (and bad guys). So think about this:
For $150, you can have a weapon that shoots arrows, it has a scope and you can put your favorite red dot or
whatever on it. It's accurate, but the range is limited, compared to a rifle. If you hunt, an air rifle will put
small animals on your table, the crossbow will put something on your table that weighs as much as you.
As a vegatarian, I'm not looking at a crossblw as a hunting tool, but rather as a backup for a
time when there are no more bullets, for self-defense. The Jaguar is not a very powerful weapon, but it's head and
shoulders above an air rifle for defense. For considerably more money, you can get a compound crossbow with
formidable capacity. I saw a video on YouTube of a hunter shooting a black bear. The arrow entered just behind the
left foreleg, went completely through the bear and was stuck in the ground after the bear bolted. The bear only
made it about twenty feet and died. I felt sad for the bear, but the video demonstrated that crossbows are weapons
of power. Crossbow hunters kill even larger animals, but you won't hear about anyone hunting bear or elk or deer
with an air rifle.
With both technologies, it's possible to make more ammo. Arrows today are made from aluminum,
fiberglass or high-tech carbon fiber, but it's possible to make them from wood, as has been done for thousands of
years. And air rifles shoot pellets of lead that are not complicated and could be made in your backyard. An old car
battery has enough lead for lots of pellets. So the ammo situation for these alternative weapon technologies is
encouraging - they will never run out.
Another hunting weapon technology that I believe is useful is the slingshot. An advantage over
rifles and crossbows is its portability - Dennis the Menace carried one in his back pocket. With practice, one can
dispatch small animals like squirrels and birds. Again, not a powerful weapon but one which will put meat on the
Another is the blowgun, again an ancient technology that has served humanity since prehistoric
times. The easiest and cheapest one I know is made from half-inch diameter aluminum pipe, at least three feet long.
Darts are made by adding a lightweight shape to the end of a six-inch long spring-steel wire which is pointed like
a needle. This shape can be round or like a golf tee and made from plastic, wood, cork or other material, and it
must fit inside the pipe with as little space around it as possible. If the pipe has a mouthpiece, something to
press against the lips, one can get considerable pressure built up before letting it out in the pipe. As the darts
are thin, one cannot cause much physical damage to an animal, so hunters of large animals relied on poison on the
dart. Small animals like squirrels and birds don't require poison.
There is one more handheld technology that will propel missles at a target: the sling. If it
worked for David against Goliath, it probably has some merit as a weapon for hunting and for defense and offense. I
made and used them as a boy - most of us in my neighborhood did - and I can tell you that, with practice, you can
do what David did. The secret to accuracy is standard ammo. Ammo can be made from clay or chipping stones. The
weight must be the same.
It is beyond the scope of this brief discussion to go into details about the manufacture of
weapons and ammo. The purpose was to bring to light some weapons that may have been overlooked, simply because they
are not as powerful as exploding ammo weapons or because they are old and considered obsolete. Weapons mentioned
here were chosen because they use ammo that can be made from natural materials and/or recycled ones (lead, wire,
Let me leave you with this thought: Eventually your gun ammo will be gone. If you think like a
prepper, you hope your stash will be enough to last through the hard times, and then you expect production will
resume. If you think like a survivalist, you don't expect production to resume in your lifetime, so you make the
necessary preparations for alternative weapons and ammo that won't be exhausted. You decide which approach suits
your prepping style and philosophy. see Prepper or Survivalist
Hatsan 95 .22 Break-barrel Air Rifle 18:10. Long review but well done.
Revolution Semi-auto Air Rifle 5:04 These are charged with a hand
Jaguar 175-lb Crossbow Test 2:00. The one shot is at 1:09, and I chose this test because it is
short and the results are impressive. Available from Sportsman's Guide and others. $150
Pistol Crossbow 80 lbs 20:55
Blowgun Hunting Rattlesnake and Rabbit 17:42
Slingshot Accuracy and Hunting Small Animals 7:52 This video shows how accurate and far a
slingshot can shoot. This guy is impressive.
The Sling: One Style Among Many 2:49 This is called 'preferred' but there are other styles of
throwing objects with a sling. This guy does pretty well.
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