Friday, January 25, 2013

Hollywood might be right on this one.

Have you ever watched an apocalyptic/zombie movie or TV show and thought; "Wow those guys are dumb, there must be a million gun shops, Wal Marts, Bass Pro's and Cabelas around there. Why don't they just go scrounge some ammo and guns? There's gotta be a few boxes around." I think Laura can attest to me saying this a million time while watching The Walking Dead. Well, ladies and gentleman it appears we're wrong. Enter the gun/ammo panic of 2013.

Have you tried to buy ammo in the last few weeks? It's gone. Online, and in local stores everywhere. I think the realization finally hit me a few weeks back when I saw that Cabela's was out of most popular calibers.  CABELAS WAS OUT OF AMMO!  If you've never been to a Cabelas when you go to the gun department there are pallets of ammo sitting around on the sales floor and shelves and racks of ammo, everywhere.  In short, they usually have mountains of ammo. They were out online too. Not just 5.56 and 7.62x39. They were out of .22lr!

Luckily this will pass, as stuff comes back in stock and the manufacturers keep churning out product, but consider this all you Preppers and Zombie Hunters: this  shortage was caused mostly by existing gun owners. Now imagine that everyone thinks they need guns and ammo, and it's an apocalyptic event where the manufacturers aren't going to come back online. Take this rare opportunity to learn, to actually see what could happen without real consequences and adjust your plans accordingly. Re-think how much you might need, or reconsider learning to reload and forgoing that next gotta have it gun purchase to by the equipment to do it.  Consider all those extra stops you marked on your escape route/ bug-out / travel map and that they may not actually be worth your time and effort to stop, and just this once consider that Hollywood may have actually got something right for once.                

Because I KNOW you need a laugh right now...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Calm the hell down about Geico, will you?

Some of you may have seen this yesterday. And some of you flew off the handle, saying OMFG BOYCOTT GEICO.

Well, chill out already, will you? And go read this while you're at it.

Jesus. Some of you people are looking for any reason to get angry.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Attention Marylanders.

There's a survey going around. Please go fill it out. This is being sent directly to Senator Miller, so be polite.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Well, that took longer than I anticipated.

One of the gun owners whose information was listed in the Journal News is now dealing with a break-in and theft of his guns from his home. Awesome. I wonder how much the newspaper will be paying the victim.

Remember, kids: just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Walmart's not getting *any* more ammo? What?

I can't call Corporate to confirm this - I don't have enough of a voice to make myself understood right now. Can someone else call them and report back?

I Seriously, wtf.

UPDATE: according to FarmDad, this is false information. Sorry for the panic post, folks...and thanks to FarmDad for calling them. I hate how stuff like this happens when I can't call to confirm.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Holy crap, prices have gone nuts.

My cousin made his way to the local fun show today, and has been sending me reports of prices over the past hour or so.

He tells me Yugoslavian Mosin-Nagants are going for $349, police trade-in 12ga shotguns are $325, and regular 00buck is going for a dollar a shell. Holy Hannah. On top of that, I'm told Stag has a TWO YEAR backlog.

I didn't think the world had already started to fall apart, but apparently the gun show people think it is.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New USEFUL gun crime stat resource launched today.

A gentleman I know just launched Check Your Gun Stats after being frustrated at the lack of useful info collected in one location.

To quote him, is my current side project. It is a site to view crime rates, murder rates, assault rates, and robbery rates for the USA as a whole as well as each individual state. ....

This is no simple process. But it's coming along. Every data point will be cited. Once again, the purpose of this site is simply to show data in a meaningful manner and to give users an idea of what key events (just legislation based) have happened over the years. It's not to sway anybody one way or another. My opinions are kept off of this site.

Go read the rest of what he has to say about it. I think it might come in handy.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Attention gardeners.

I know some folks out there like to garden, and some like to grow their own food. Are any of you folks also in the habit of saving your seeds? Want a list of companies that sell only heirloom seeds?

Courtesy the Baltimore Snacker, I give you this list. It tells you what companies are owned by Monsanto (i.e. seeds that won't breed true from year to year) and what companies are certified non-GMO/heirlooms.

I've noticed it's getting harder and harder to find heirlooms lately. Seems like everyone's growing Big Boy and Better Boy tomatoes, which taste like nothing to me. I prefer "ugly" tomatoes.

Oh, and a from Landreth and Baker Creek. Both companies have fantastic customer service, their seeds are reliable, and their selection can't really be beat. They've got gorgeous catalogs, too.

I figure it's the time of year when some of us start thinking about what we want to grow in the spring, and some of us are even starting seeds by now. Can't hurt to get a jump on things. :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy new year.

May 2013 be a better year for everyone.