If you’re wondering whether you should stockpile ammunition in your home and personal defense arsenal, the answer is “YES”. For obvious reasons, you don’t want to risk a personal shortage of ammo if the 2nd Amendment comes under heavy attack and laws start prohibiting guns and rounds in your area. There’s other important reasons, too.
Guns and ammo are stable currency. If a shortage hits, not only are you protected but you now have a stable, nearly recession-proof currency of guns and ammo for use in financial transactions as national currencies spiral.
You can hunt and feed your family. Nearly any round of ammo and any gun can be used in a pinch to hunt small and large game for a post apocalyptic survival scenario.
And the obvious. You can protect your family. Some rounds are better than others for this, but any round can be repurposed for personal and family protection if it comes to that.
So, stockpiling is a good idea for all these reasons and more, and now the question remains–which ones should you prioritize. How much stockpiling should you do? Let’s just say, you can always use a little more ammo–no matter how much you’ve got.
Caliber #1: .22 Long Rifle
Everyone should have a healthy heap of the humble .22 Long Rifle round. I love this round because you can buy a lot for not a whole lot of money, you can store it in a small area, easily carry thousands of rounds and it’s good for all sorts of applications–including hunting and self defense. It’s also relatively quiet, as bullets go, and I normally carry a silenced .22 pistol everywhere I go. You’re able to do things with a .22 that you couldn’t do with a larger round.
Caliber #2: 9mm
For personal up close personal defense, the 9mm has become one of the standards for pistols. I carry a 9mm pistol every day as well, every time I’m out in public. It may not have as much killing power as some other rounds, and it’s not particularly good at a distance, but for quick draw, up close and personal applications, the 9mm is a fantastic round. Plus, it’s got excellent barter and trade value because almost every gun owner has a 9mm.
Caliber #3: 5.56
I love the 5.56 (some say .223) round because when it comes to really defending yourself or being able to use small unit tactics, the M4s or AR-15s are really reliable and powerful without a lot of bulk or kick. It’s going to be good for barter and trade and for holding as a hedge against the dollar, and it’s extremely good for defense, both at close distances and intermediate distances. So you can take out threats or hunt game a hundred yards away or from a few feet. While you may not typically be able to drop a moose with it, there’s plenty else you can take down.
Caliber #4: 6.5 Creedmoor
The 6.5 Creedmoor is perfect for intermediate-sized game and even bigger–deer, hogs, etc. It’s also good at a distance for hunting or personal/home defense, and it’s even being adopted for use by special operations teams for various applications in the field.
Caliber #5: 12 Gauge
The 12 Gauge is, of course, a no brainer, and if you don’t have a 12 gauge shotgun, you should seriously consider making that purchase. They’re the most versatile gun in the world, because, depending on the grain, you can take down big game, go duck hunting, breach a door, take down a bad guy, and even adapt them for non lethal use such as riot control.
Bonus Round: .300 Blackout
The purpose of this round was to be able to silence it. It’s subsonic speed means it may not travel very far but it packs a mean punch for take down without being very loud. So you could still take down some assailants and medium-size game with it and do so without attracting a ton of attention.
Bonus Round: .50 Cal
Your second bonus caliber to consider stockpiling is the .50 cal because, you know, America. When a .50 cal round is coming at you, there’s not a lot of cover you can find because it goes through nearly everything. That’s why it was designed. And yes. You could stockpile this round, but you probably won’t have any money left after you do it.
Train Hard. Train Smart. And don’t be afraid to stockpile.