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How to buy ammo and firearms during times of civil unrest


If nothing else, civil unrest sure explodes the sales of firearms and ammo.

More and more people realize that someone has to be responsible for them and their family’s safety. And that someone is them.

Problem is, with the increase in demand, the supply is just not able to keep up.

What do you do?

Well, here’s a couple of recommendations.

Basics for new gun owners

It used to be, people grew up with guns. It was part of our heritage and parents taught their children how to handle firearms safely and effectively.

Now, too many don’t have the foggiest ideas of how to safely and effectively handle a gun.

Here are just a few comments.

  • First, always assume your gun is loaded.
  • Second, Hollywood is such a poor example but, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire the gun.
  • Third, never point your gun at anything you don’t wish to destroy. Keep it pointed up or down in a ready position but away from any person or object you don’t wish to hit.
  • Fourth, only fire in a direction where there is nothing behind that which you wish to shoot.
    • This is going to be hard for those who want to follow Biden’s suggestion to shoot in the legs – if you miss, make sure no one else is behind the perpetrator you aim for and missed (which more than likely you will miss)…

There are three types of ammo you may want to consider:

  • Target rounds – which should be full metal jacket brass (not steel) rounds. Get the cheapest you can get and don’t worry about stocking up too much. Don’t use this for defense purposes.
  • Snake rounds – these are effectively shotgun pellets that are calibrated for your firearm. You can use these to take care of poisonous snakes and in an emergency, birds, and small animals for survival.
  • Defense rounds – these are what you need to have pre-loaded in your firearms and locked in a convenient safe. A good choice here is Federal HST defense rounds. Because these rounds expand, they are more effective at stopping a threat and not traveling through the target and past walls which might endanger loved ones.

How to find ammo when nothing is available

This is a short answer to a tough question. The best way I’ve found to find ammo is to use an aggregator such as AmmoSeek.  Simply enter the description of the ammo you’re looking for and AmmoSeek will show the current suppliers that have that ammo in stock.

That’s it. I know of no better way to do this.

How to find firearms when nothing is available

This is a little tougher problem. Sometimes it seems that no one has any available firearms, especially those that are in higher demand such as Glock and Sig.

But I do have a suggestion.

First, do your research and make sure you know what you want.

A few pointers. I try to stay within one caliber. Such as 9mm. The problems with numerous guns with different caliber ammo is that you have to stock multiple rounds in target, snake and defense for .380, 9mm, 22lr, etcetera. Stick with one caliber and make your life easy.

Second, I even try to stick with one firearm manufacturer and type. Personally, I like Glock and Glock has everything available from 22lr to 10mm. You might not know this but different manufacturers have different angles on the grip of their handguns. For example, the grip angle on the Sig P365, a very popular every day carry gun, is different than a Glock 43X or 19. When you train, you get used to the muscle memory of a particular grip angle, and changing to a different grip angle can really mess up your accuracy. Just keep this in mind.

Third, check out the YouTube videos of the various firearms that you might be interested in and even go to the range and rent one to determine if it’s for you. There are a ton of good videos and some really qualified reviewers. You might want to check out Hickok 45 as he has over 5 million subscribers and covers almost every hand and long available.

So, now that you’ve decided, here’s what you do. Now just to forewarn you, I’m not making anything on this recommendation, so my opinion is completely unbiased. Go to Buds Gun Shop and see if your desired handgun is available.  I’ll assume your local dealer doesn’t have any in stock. If it’s sold out at Bud’s, join their “Team Bud’s Membership” – it’s only about $30 a year. Log in with your membership and search for the firearm you want. Then register to be informed when that gun is back in stock. You’ll be the first to know and this will allow you to get the handgun you want, sooner and easier than constantly hunting around. You can register without joint the Team Bud but in high demand periods you can easily miss out – so your choice.

Why Buds?  I’ve dealt with them for years. They are a large dealer and get a lot of stock. Other dealers just won’t have the inventory they have. Also, they offer great prices and excellent service. Delivery is fast, and your local FFL is probably already registered which will make the transaction smooth and painless.


Don’t make the first time you fire your weapon be a time when it’s a life and death situation. Go out and practice.

You don’t need much to go to the range and practice. You’re unloaded handgun and target rounds. I’ve recommended a bag that I use that you can read about here – the Osage River Tactical Bag.

Finally, ear and eye protection and some targets that are fun to shoot at. Here are my recommendations that are both inexpensive and effective:


Be prepared during this time of chaos. Get the ammo and firearms you need to protect yourself and train to handle them safely and effectively. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use them but in case you do, you’ll be prepared.