This is going to be a strange-ish article for me, because I don't want to say anything that may sound negative or fear mongering. However, I went to the local sports store last night to look into buying some ammo because I've been low for a while, and certain calibers had slim picking.
While I was there, there were a lot of other people there also looking for their chosen caliber of ammo, some with mixed results. And in fact, I'd say that my results were also mixed as I went there with the primary intention of buying hollow points for my 9mm handguns, and they had none.
I was able to make up for it buying other hollow points. For example, I sold them out of 158 grain 357 magnum hollow points. They also had two bulk packs of Hornady XTP 380 hollow points, so I grabbed one of them, leaving the other for someone else.
I also grabbed two boxes of 45 ACP hollow points for a gun review, a 100 count box of 5.56 for good measure, some bird shot, a few boxes of 115 grain Blazer Brass 9mm target ammo, and a brick of 22lr.
There were plenty rifle rounds out there, but 22 was getting alarmingly low.
It's getting strange out there. I've always seen those viral videos on the internet about people fighting over stuff, reaching into other people's carts and grabbing things, etc. That's never happened to me before, but someone tried last night.
A guy was following me around as I pushed my cart. He didn't follow me for long, but I parked my cart, and as I looked at the 5.56/.223 I saw someone out of the corner of my eye bending over and going through my cart.
As I started towards him he stood up and asked if I had any 9mm hollow points. I didn't. So I said, “I don't have any, but if I did they'd be staying in my cart.” After glaring at me for a moment he turned around and left.
If I did have some in my cart, what was he going to do? While I'm glad I don't have to find out, let's keep in mind that there are no confirmed cases in western NC as far as I know. Mass hysteria hasn't hit here yet, and things are already looking dreary.
So, again I say, go buy your ammo. Maybe it's nothing, but I'd rather have ammunition to protect my family and go hunting if need be, than letting them starve.
I don't know if I believe all the hype out there in the media, but that's not really the point of what I'm trying to say. The point is that the only thing you can control is yourself and maybe your immediate family. You can't control the millions of people in the country who are already acting like apes.
With talk of shutting many parts of the country down, I see things looking worse before they start to look any better. Am I worried about the coronavirus? Not necessarily. I'm more concerned about the idiots who are.
If you can't make it to the store, online is always a good idea and usually recommend one of these online ammo retailers: