reply to post by Southern Guardian
The point I'm trying to make is actually some of the best advice I've ever heard from a military sniper - There's nothing more useless then
ammunition just out of reach.
Example: A sniper is on a hill top. He has his rifle in his hand, and his ammunition stored in a backpack just a foot away. Suddenly, he comes under
fire, and that enemy fire just happens to be between him and his backpack.
Sure, the ammunition is there, and he has his rifle. But unless the ammunition is loaded into his rifle, its absolutely useless.
I personally bought a new rifle a week ago. Went into the gun shop, picked out the rifle, filled out the paperwork, waited for the FBI to clear me,
and off I went, back home. That was for a semi-auto .223 carbine.
A pistol on the other hand - locally to have a pistol, its about a 6-12 month wait until your cleared. The argument being its a concealable weapon.
Lets say a new law is put in place that required a 6-12 month wait before you could purchase a rifle. So at this point, no one has taken away your
right to own a rifle, you just have to wait.
What if something happens, like ohh, government dictatorship? Ok, grab the gun.... oh yea, I still have 4 months to wait. Gosh... I'll just throw
rocks instead - maybe I can fashion a bow and arrow out of PVC.
As I said, there's nothing more USELESS then ammunition JUST OUT OF REACH.
Want another example? Your neighbors house burns down from a fire, that could of been prevented but your neighbors didn't have a fire extinguisher.
So, to better prepare yourself, since you don't own any, you buy one and put it in the kitchen - figuring that's the most likely place for a fire.
Through some twist of fate with your basement electrical wiring, a fire starts - your in the basement in another room watching tv - the fire is
preventing you from getting upstairs to the fire extinguisher.
You die wishing you had bought more and placed them throughout the house, both upstairs and downstairs. This way, a fire extinguisher, 99% of the
time, wont be out of reach.
[edit on 22-3-2009 by Halzman]