Understanding The Ammo Stockpile Mentality

Understanding The Ammo Stockpile Mentality

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    Understanding The Ammo Stockpile Mentality

    Please Note:
    This is an older thread. The OP of this thread asked the question months ago.
    He is now just fine with folks storing as much ammunition as they feel that they can use or feel that they need or just want to have on hand.
    So...just post comments and answers as general answers to the forum as a F.Y.I. and do not continue to blast the guy.

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    I have my own personal stockpile but it's peanuts compared to others. I have close to 2k rounds of 9mm due to that being my primary EDC round. I stockpile so I never run out of practice ammo even during panics. I also have 1500 rounds of 5.56/.223 for the same reasons. Those are the only calibers I can come close to calling a stockpile. Every other caliber I have fewer than 500 rounds. Some are down to a few boxes. It doesn't really bother me.

    I'll be realistic. I probably won't see a zombie apocalypse, gang invasion, revolution or other shtf scenarios in my lifetime. Most modern troops can't lug boxes of ammo with them anyway - odds are if things did go bad, I'd have a few magazines and 2-3 of my most trusted guns with me and that's it.

    Considering all that, I am trying to rationalize why some people collect thousands of rounds of ammo "just in case". Preppers do but to be honest doomsday prepping is more of a hobby than an actual need.

    Thoughts? (Or flame, whichever. I know questions like this brings out the zealot in people)


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    Let me see if I got this straight... A guy who just justified why he has thousands of rounds of ammunition is asking for other people to justify why they have thousands of rounds of ammunition?

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    I have a reload for my five-shot snubby, and that is it. With proper trigger discipline and shot placement, that is more than I will ever need.
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    Can I buy some 9mm off you?
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    It's not just ammo I keep on hand, it's all kinds of stuff I use on a regular bases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    I'll be realistic. I probably won't see a zombie apocalypse, gang invasion, revolution or other shtf scenarios in my lifetime. Most modern troops can't lug boxes of ammo with them anyway - odds are if things did go bad, I'd have a few magazines and 2-3 of my most trusted guns with me and that's it.
    You live in De'Troit? You haven't seen the City go bankrupt, no gang invasion, no nothing? I guess we can believe what we read in the papers!

    As for the ammo, I normally go thru 800 to a 1,000 round of 9mm a month training and double that in 22LR. For me it not hoarding as per-purchasing my business supplies!


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    I don't consider myself a "prepper" or a "shtf'er", but I've always seen the value in redundancy of certain items. So, when able, I've picked up a box or 2 of whichever ammunition I've fancied when I've happened across some. Over time, that behavior has resulted in a small stockpile, I suppose, handy in the times of the Obama "panics", but not really deliberate hoarding. I do the same thing with non perishable foodstuffs, or paper-products that I use often. Buy when the price is low, and have enough to not run out until the price is low again.
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    Troops have logistics in place to refill their magazines. For us, if the S H's T F, we'll have what we have and that's it.

    My personal stockpile is smaller than yours, but I can certainly see why someone would want more. If nothing else, as the value of the dollar crashes, it will be a good thing to sell off in exchange for food and what-not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    We only keep one roll of toilet paper in our house at any time.
    When it does hit the fan, one will be plenty, since there will be lots more laying around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    I have my own personal stockpile but it's peanuts compared to others. I have close to 2k rounds of 9mm due to that being my primary EDC round. I stockpile so I never run out of practice ammo even during panics. I also have 1500 rounds of 5.56/.223 for the same reasons. Those are the only calibers I can come close to calling a stockpile. Every other caliber I have fewer than 500 rounds. Some are down to a few boxes. It doesn't really bother me.

    I'll be realistic. I probably won't see a zombie apocalypse, gang invasion, revolution or other shtf scenarios in my lifetime. Most modern troops can't lug boxes of ammo with them anyway - odds are if things did go bad, I'd have a few magazines and 2-3 of my most trusted guns with me and that's it.

    Considering all that, I am trying to rationalize why some people collect thousands of rounds of ammo "just in case". Preppers do but to be honest doomsday prepping is more of a hobby than an actual need.

    Thoughts? (Or flame, whichever. I know questions like this brings out the zealot in people)
    So it is fine for you to have what you think you need but let someone else go over that then it to much.
    If it is my cash and my home what difference does it make to you how many I have.
    So you think being prepared is a hobby? I disagree .
    We burnt up 250 9mm 300 5.56, 200 38 and 200 380 yesterday it was a short day of practice around the house your little stock pile would not last long at that rate.
    Next thing we know you will be call for federal laws on how many we can own.
    Reasonable people can all agree no one needs more than 100 round stored.

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    I do so so I can have as much as possible to (realistically) shoot whenever I want. With that said, all I have to do to shoot is step out of my front door and walk a few yards which pretty much guarantees any supply is short lived.

    Now I do have a supply that I consider a "reserve" for whatever it may be needed for (zombies, etc.) as well to ensure that whenever whatever happens, my firearms will be more than just an expensive club/hammer.
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    Tactical Responses Fighting Pistol course requires that you show up with 1,000 rounds. Fighting Rifle: 1,500 rounds rifle, 250 pistol. Fighting shotgun: 650 rounds shotgun, (mixed. birdshot, slugs, buckshot), and 250 rounds pistol.

    My point being for TRAINING alone what you might need can get up there. Add in another family member, or two, and you really get up there in terms of need. Thats simply for TRAINING, not for PRACTICE. One still needs to practice what they learned in training.

    Please dont anyone tell me that most people wont take such training, or dont find it needed. I dont care.

    Most people dont know what they dont know, and therefore also cant make an informed decision on what is needed. I can tell everyone straight up; You didnt get TRAINING in a CCP class. You met a state requirement to get your permit only. You probably fired 50-100 rounds while remaining stationary. That wont cut it for real world use in a crunch situation.

    The above listed courses are how I train, and plan and prepare for my family to take. The wife has opted out of Fighting Shotgun, btw

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    I wish I had your "peanuts" of a stockpile. In fact at one point i did have it. I just have a hard time replenishing it these days.
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    I think it's all ridiculous. People have gone from having a couple of boxes of ammo on hand for casual shooting to people today thinking they need thousands of rounds.
    It's a two edged sword. On one hand, the number of people shooting today and all the Ninja schools has created a " cool " factor where everyone with enough money can become an " operator " by paying big money and wasting a thousand or more rounds in a 5 day period. It's become a fad, or in thing.
    But it helps us politically because of the numbers it gives.

    On the other hand, people who have been in it when it wasn't cool, as far back as 30-50 years now have to deal with greenhorns shooting up all the ammo and crowded ranges attended by unsafe newbies who don't know S from shinola.
    And,all the tactical training techniques and high speed low drag training thought up or created by every Tom , Dick, and Harry, that wants to be an expert.

    But hey, it is what it is.
    Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.

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