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Old 12-22-2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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Anyone giving any gun stuff this Christmas?

I have a few times in the past, but really hadn't planned on it this year. My sons are grown & pretty well set up already (certainly better than I was at their age), and there’s nobody else that I’d typically give gun stuff to as gifts. The catch there is the word “typically”, as this year has obviously been anything but typical.

A friend from where we lived before moving a couple years ago bought a 9mm pistol last week & couldn’t find ammo for it, so I set aside a little for him (not much, a couple boxes of fmj and a box of WW-USA jhp). They’re supposed to come to visit this weekend & pick it up. I just got a text a few minutes ago from one of my wife’s cousins asking if I had some 380 I could sell him. He owns guns, but just bought an S&W 380 for his wife and same problem — no ammo to be had. So I dug out basically the same for him & will probably just give it to him tomorrow. We have family (wife’s sisters & their families) coming up from Houston tomorrow, and I suspect similar conversations will come up with one or two of them as well.

Anyone else having these kinds of conversations with people? Even people who already owned guns, finding themselves in need because of the colossal mess this year has been and understandably never thinking they’d see a time in America where they wouldn’t be able to find ammunition for months at a time. I’m as annoyed & peeved as anyone at the world right now, but as least we don’t have to be as worried & scared as so many people currently are.

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Old 12-22-2020, 02:33 PM   #2
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To clarify, I don't mean necessarily giving as "Christmas gifts"; rather just giving stuff to people who unexpectedly find themselves in need.
 
Old 12-22-2020, 02:42 PM   #3
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I'm giving a friend about 300 rounds of 9mm
 
 
Old 12-22-2020, 03:30 PM   #4
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We had our Christmas early due to work schedules. I gave my SIL a custom leather holster for his Glock 21 and 100 rounds of .223. My Daughter 100 rounds of .380 FMJ and 100 rounds of Hornady HP for her Bersa and LCP. My Son is fixed for everything ammo wise, but I bought him a new Hunting Vest. My Best Friend got a Taurus holster and magazine set for his Taurus G2C from me. That's about it. I hate to be stingy with ammunition but the times.
 
Old 12-22-2020, 04:04 PM   #5
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...I hate to be stingy with ammunition but the times.
Isn't that the truth? Last weekend I thought I'd pick up some .45Colt brass for reloading since I have less than 2k on hand. The only stuff I found was $40 per hundred, so I passed. That's what loaded ammo should cost, not empty brass.
 
Old 12-26-2020, 08:19 PM   #6
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Saw the cousin with the 380 problem today & gave him some. He said that even shopping online the best hed been able to find was fmjs for $49 per 50 rounds. Ludicrous.

The friend whod recently bought his first 9mm came for dinner tonight. I was busy cooking (home made egg rolls; 96 of them for a big group at the house tonight ) so one of my sons who was visiting from missouri took him to the backyard targets & helped him get used to it.

Seriously hope some semblance of normal returns in the not too distant future.
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Old 12-27-2020, 02:03 AM   #7
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Isn't that the truth? Last weekend I thought I'd pick up some .45Colt brass for reloading since I have less than 2k on hand. The only stuff I found was $40 per hundred, so I passed. That's what loaded ammo should cost, not empty brass.
Be thankful, up here new Hornady brass in .45 LC is $69.00 (cdn). I'm on a search for more .30 carbine brass, average price is $47/100 for brand new brass. Right now I'm debating on spending $40/100 for Starline brass at a dealer I found in eastern Canada. I'm afraid that we have seen the end of cheap prices in the future.

I ordered some stuff for myself just prior to Christmas but my wife and I are past that stage that we need to do the present thing.
 
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