The local Wal-Marts are finally managing to occasionally keep small quantities of 9mm Luger and 5.56 NATO cartridges in their sales cases for more than a day at a time. I still haven't seen a single rimfire cartridge on a Wal-Mart shelf for nearly a year now. One of the most interesting things about this Ammo Crunch has been the way the high volume baseline usage and inexpensive cartridges were the first to virtually disappear from the market and how they remain difficult to find nearly a year later. Clearly there are de-facto standards for guns in the US. .22 LR rimfire, 9mm Luger, .5.56 NATO, 7.62 NATO, 12 gauge and 7.62X39 have been at the focus of public concern for supply, with most other cartridges also strongly in demand during the same time period. Last week was the first time I've seen the lowly .25 ACP cartridge on a Wal-Mart shelf in ten months, for example -- and that was just one box.
Well, it's deer season. And we've made a couple of half-hearted lazy attempts to kill one of those fine, but generally over-populated beasts. Mostly we're just enjoying the woods and each other's company. But be careful out there, folks. We had a bit of trouble with a property owner who was placing bait corn across the well-marked property line, and had his line of fire (with a high powered rifle) not only pointing onto the land we have permission to hunt on, but straight out and across a highway and on toward a business and some houses down a power line right of way, with no intervening hills or trees. I'm still trying to deal with this one constructively. With a bit of bad luck, that guy is one tiny additional error in judgement away from killing somebody, and he doesn't want to listen to anyone about it. Don't be that guy.