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Old 04-17-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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For those who've been through this before (Regan/Clinton), is it worse this time... the panic?

The impatience, availability, prices and anything else I may be missing...?
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:25 AM   #2
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Truth be told I can't remember much about it back then. I know I still hate the term pre-ban when getting a description on a rifle. I don't remember having much trouble with ammo back then but the evil black rifles of course was another story.
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I got married in late 1983, went back to college in 1985, so I did not have the money to spend on guns in the era you refer to. Had the basics covered, shotgun, deer rifle, etc.

However I don't recall ever not being able to find 22lr on the shelf. I have not seen a box of 22 in Fleet Farm so far in 2013.

Bottom line, the panic buying is much worse now.
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I lived in AZ at the time and had never had the kind of issues picking up ammo of any caliber that we are seeing today.Then again like what has already been said it was an"Assault Weapons Ban".
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I got married in late 1983, went back to college in 1985, so I did not have the money to spend on guns in the era you refer to. Had the basics covered, shotgun, deer rifle, etc.

However I don't recall ever not being able to find 22lr on the shelf. I have not seen a box of 22 in Fleet Farm so far in 2013.

Bottom line, the panic buying is much worse now.
What Gator said. The kids were little in the Reagan years, Mrs was staying home with them ergo I didn't have money for much extra either. The only reason I had a rifle & shotgun was I already had them when I got married. Fast forward to the Clinton years, kids were graduating high school, entering college. No money then either. That said, 22lr was always available, frequently on sale. Along with my dad, was able to build up a pile I'm still shooting. So yeah, panic buying's much worse today IMHO.
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I got married in late 1983, went back to college in 1985, so I did not have the money to spend on guns in the era you refer to. Had the basics covered, shotgun, deer rifle, etc.

However I don't recall ever not being able to find 22lr on the shelf. I have not seen a box of 22 in Fleet Farm so far in 2013.

Bottom line, the panic buying is much worse now.
I was much the same as described here by Gatoragn - much lees to spend so I do not remember as much about it.
However, as he said there are several things that seem much worse now:
Paranoia that has led to much worse panic buying leading to costs and inflation of certian items and ammo going through the roof.
I think there is much worse general distrust and downright ugliness (hatred?) between party lines now.
Fear of terrorism and/or social & economic collapse is definitely worse now.

Maybe all of this just "seems" much worse to me now because I am older. I admit to being less worried about all of these things as a younger man (tendency to blow things off that did not directly affect me - now I think about the lives that my kids will lead and the world that they will live in much more than I used to before kids).

All that said - the panic buying and inflation/gouging is significantly worse now.
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How does $7 a brick for Blazer 22lr and no limits sound compared to today?
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Don't ever remember things being this obsessive, paranoid or manic.
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I'm 69 years old. I've been through this before.

It's nowhere near as bad now as it was after the 94 AWB. Not even close. I couldn't get primers for two years back then.
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regan/climton was just more normal days!! Nothing special. Every plentifull and cheap.
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