My son Daniel did a combat tour of Fallujah in 2007, but his other deployment with the Marine Corps was a MEU to the Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf (which both he and I think is a horrible way to throw away money if we're never going to use the Marine Corps for anything on these MEUs except for humanitarian missions - but that's another topic). As the pre-deployment workup for this MEU, the Battalion underwent extensive training in evidence collection protocol and procedures. At the time I [read more]
I was in Greenville, S.C., a couple of weeks ago, and stopped by the following stores: Allen Arms, Sharpshooters Gun Club And Range, Academy Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Walmart. Allen Arms had some handgun ammunition, as did Sharpshooters. No 5.56 mm, no .30 Carbine (well, they did have Wolf, but I won’t put steel through my rifles). The shelves at Academy sports, Dick’s and Walmart were bare, as if a tornado had made its way through the stores.
I have also recently stopped by Firepower (Matthews, N.C.), Hyatt Gun Shop (Charlotte, N.C.) and Walmart (Charlotte, N.C.). Hyatt had some ammunition, but their stocks were way down. I did pick up some .30 Carbine from Hyatt. Firepower had some, but were down in stocks too, and 5.56 mm ammunition was higher than it was the last time I purchased it.
At Walmart I would have bought .38, .357 Magnum, .40, .45, .30 Carbine, 5.56 mm, and 22 WMR. I’m not picky. I need a lot of all sorts of ammunition. Tonight here is what the closest Walmart ammunition shelves looked like. A few oddball rifle cartridges on the very bottom.