Great topic Tango and THANK YOU
for taking point to get some new topics of interest rolling. *respect*
My position has been, for the 15 or so years, is to have ammo on hand. I am not talking about enough to plink for a weekend and have 3 or 4 loaded mags in the safe.
I mean enough to be able to fill every mag you have a few times over and enough to be able to barter or trade with, if you get the chance or need to do it.
Now, I have 5.56mm and .308 and .45ACP and .22lr in large quantities for the mere reason that they are common, American cartridges.
In the event of SHTF, like Katrina, and you need to defend your own for two weeks, three weeks, you are not going to need a ton of ammo. You are going to need food, water and the meds you take every day.
No one ever talks about that, do they?
I take a med ( Lisinopril ) every day to keep my BP under control. Because of my medical plan, I can safely order 90 pills at a time from a mail order plan and each time I syphon a few off and put them in a very small Pelican 1040 case. I probably only have about 25 or 30 in there, but that is 25 or 30 I don't have to worry about "when/if" happens. You know?
Now, as for the ammo argument where we started:
Let's go with the Bureau of Oppression scoops up every single American made round on the planet.
1) - They have to store it all somewhere.
2) - All there troops are not going to live through every encounter.
I'm sorry, but if History has shown anything, supply lines can be VERY easily compromised and no matter how great your plan, if your supplies get cut off, you be effed.
Don't believe me? Google a guy by the name of Rommel.
The Bureau of Oppression isn't going to have a battalion protecting every ammo depot. And they aren't going to remember to sweep and clear every single police station, National Guard station or armory, every sporting goods store, "redneck" equipment establishment.
There are going to be gaps.
Stay Frosty. Keep yours close. Take care of "your AO" until such time that is time to extend it for protection of those listed above and don't be afraid to keep a few members of the FTF core close in your head and heart, because you know those snake eaters will have your back & they will bring the hardware.
Thanks for the topic Tango! I mean that brother.