by The Survivor
In this article I would like to talk about why you should have enough ammunition available to you. I am a firm believer that you are better off with two firearms and 1000+ rounds of ammo for each, that 20 firearms and only 100 round of ammo for each. If you have ever been in a firefight that last 15 minutes or more that you know how quickly you will go through the ammo that you have. If you plan on defending you home then you better prepare for long firefights because bad guys won’t be in a hurry to kill you and leave, since there won’t be any police to come and help you out. Untrained and inexperienced person will go through the ammunition even faster because when you are in fear for your life, you don’t even realize how fast you are sending those rounds down the range.
I currently know several people who own more than one firearm but only have enough ammunition to load up couple of magazines. Their belief is that if they need more, they will just head to the local gun shop or Wal-Mart and buy more. Well, from my experience I can tell you that if the society collapses you will have a better chance getting the food or any other necessary item than the ammunition and if you find any ammunition to buy, you will be paying 20 times more for it that if you purchased it during the normal times.
Readers in the USA should feel lucky that they can currently purchase as much ammo as they can afford and fairly reasonable price. Anywhere else in the free world is not like that. In the most of the European countries you need a permit to even purchase the ammo and you are limited to the number of rounds that you can posses. Currently in Bosnia you can legally purchase only 50 rounds of ammo for your pistol per year and you will pay about $42 for the box of 7.62×25 Tokarev ammo. If you buy it through the black market, you will pay even more. That same box of ammo in the USA costs about $15. That’s why you should take advantage of this and stock up while you can. You never know when times could change and you start facing inflated prices just like Europe does.
When you stock up on ammo, make sure that you don’t keep it all at the same location. If you have 20000 rounds of ammo and you have to bug out, you won’t be able to carry it all. Also if you don’t bug out, someone might find out that you have all that ammo, which could be worth its weight in gold in certain situations, and then you might became a potential target. Make sure that you spread out your supply of ammo, and even firearms, and keep it in different locations. Keep some at your buddies house, your relatives, or burry it in several locations. For under $50 you can get different sizes of various ammo cans that you can load up with ammo and burry it. And don’t keep it all close to your house because you never know where you might end up. If I could relive the war in former Yugoslavia, I would have the ammo buried all over the place.
During the war, if you had ammo, especially in the early stages, you could get anything. You could trade it or sell it for German Marks, which was the main currency during the war, and then get whatever you needed. There were guys that were heading out to the front lines with only 5 rounds of ammo and their families would give you anything that they had for additional ammo that their father, husband, son, brother could have. The gold and silver are good to have but there was a limited market for it. Most of the trades done would be for something that people could use on daily basis (food, cigarettes, alcohol, ammo, medicine, etc). Also when gold and silver were traded, hardly ever were they traded for their thru value. You can have 100 1 oz gold coins but no food for your family and if your family is starving you would give up all that gold for a loaf of bread. It was just limited market for the gold and silver since it was hard to find people that would take it. On the other hand, if you had ammo or food it was a lot of easier to trade it.