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. Videos below.

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 table.

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, pipe).

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 pump. 

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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