Friday, December 21, 2012
Gun Ban 101 (Obama Pre Ban Buyers Guide)
High Capacity Magazines: Stock up if you have a glock that accepts the 33rd magazines. Sig, Walther, or Hk; if you own a compact handgun that holds 13-15 rounds its up to you. Right now you can buy more magazines or just deal with 10rd magazines in the future. In reality it only takes a couple seconds to change a magazine. Ironically many manufacturers still had left over 10rd magazines from the clinton ban that just weren't selling because nobody wants to limit their capacity. In fact HK was selling their 10rd magazines at 50% off the retail of a 13rd magazine for a HK USP compact/p2000.
Class 3 Weapon: Now might be one of the last times in history to buy a fully automatic weapon, suppressor, or short barreled rifle. If you have the money it might be a great collectors item.
Assult Rifle: Don't buy
High Capacity Magazine: Possible Buy
Class 3 Weapon: Buy (budget permitting)
In 1994 Clinton introduced a ban on Assault Rifles and High Capacity magazines. An assault rifle was simply a rifle with a detachable magazine and pistol grip. A high capacity magazine is simply a magazine that holds more then ten rounds. Ironically most .22LR handguns can only hold 10 rounds so a ban does not change anything to our rim fire handguns.
The real concern right now is Assault Rifles. Technically an assault rifle is a fully automatic weapon that would be used in an offensive assault. The AR platform is given a bad reputation because of this. Many responsible gun owners are now rushing to buy rifles before they are banned however we need to stop panic buying for a moment and ask ourselves, why?
Why are we buying something we didn't feel the need to buy earlier?
For many the answer is simply that this might be the last time to purchase an AR style rifle. That is fine if you are willing to pay a premium. Right now we are in a sellers market and you can spend thousands of dollars just to end up with a basic rifle.
The Clinton Ban lasted 10 years (94-04). Right now you should be thinking about what you need to get you through 10 years of a possible ammunition shortage. Some states such as California are exploring banning hollow point ammunition and limiting ammunition purchases to 500 rounds.
A conservative philosophy:
If there is ever a violent outbreak and you need to leave your home, a rifle would just slow you down.
Cases of ammunition are great hedges against inflation. If you bought a years worth of range ammunition at the beginning of the year instead of before each trip to the range I can guarantee you'll save money.
You only need one or two (Go To War) handguns. When I say GTW, I mean 100% reliable with hollow point ammunition, almost 99% with FMJ in case that is all you have left. Ideally the handgun will have a service life of 20,000 such as a Sig or HK. With a service life that long they often last much longer in reality and you can just replace the appropriate recoil/magazine springs.
Two handguns would be ideal if you want to arm a second individual or in case your first one fails. Also remember to have plenty of reliable magazines. Loose ammunition is much less useful then ammunition in a loaded magazine ready to use in your carry firearm.
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on whether or not it is time to buy an (Assault Rifle). High Capacity magazines are also a hot issue right now, a magazine change is quick but it is nice to have the convenience of a 33rd magazine.