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What You Need To Know About Purchasing Ammo Online

We live in a time when almost anything is available, including the purchasing of ammo online.  Whether the ammo is for a shotgun, a rifle, or a handgun, the selection available through online purchasing is almost unlimited.

However, this availability of such a wide range can prove to make the purchasing of ammo to be a bit more challenging.  Whether you are looking to purchase your ammo from a manufacturer’s website, a national store chain, or a dealer that sells solely online, there are a lot of factors that one needs to consider.

Other than considering the legality, any taxes, the inventory, the quality, and the shipping of the ammo your purchase, there are four additional areas to keep in mind.

Fluctuations In Ammo Pricing

When asked why they purchase their ammo online, many customers will tell you it is best to deal with pricing.  Keep in mind that any savings will depend on the particular brand you are needing, the ammo’s availability, and the fact of whether or not you are buying in bulk.  As with any other commodity, the price will fluctuate from time to time.

Understand Your States Laws

It is your personal responsibility to know your state’s laws when purchasing ammo and having it shipped.  In many states, purchasing ammo online is considered the same as any other product or commodity.  However, there are those states that have strict requirements for the purchasing and shipping of ammo.  It would help to prevent any future future problems if you problems put in the time and research on which laws apply to your state.

Look For Online Sales Tools

There are those ammunition sellers that offer a real-time look at the inventory they have in stock on their website, allowing you to know the types of ammo they currently have available and ready to ship.  There are those sellers who have a shipping calculator built into their website, allowing you to get a better idea of how the shipping will cost for your particular purchase.

Understand Product Descriptions

Make sure you thoroughly read all the product descriptions.  Not all ammo is sold in the same quantity or style.  By this, we mean, if the box a 20 or 50 count?  Is the ammo made from brass, aluminum, or steel?  A reputable seller will have accurate and concise descriptions so that their buyers will get what they are looking for and not have to second guess.

Reach Out With Any Questions

Even though the process of shopping online will not afford you the convenience of speaking with a seller face to face, that same seller should be willing to engage in a dialogue.  Do not be afraid to start a chat, send an email, or call them on the phone if you are not clear about any of the information you have read.

Websites offer a lot of information, but they are not infallible and are only as accurate as the individual who provided the information.  Do not be afraid to be as informed as possible if you choose to purchase ammo online.

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Ukraine Conflict: Russians Troops are Running out of Gas and Food as Tension Grows

Ukraine Conflict Russians Troops are Running out of Gas and Food as Tension Grows

On Tuesday morning, a U.S. defense official said that, currently, the movement of Russian troops towards Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv, is “stalled,” citing a number of factors, including the Russian forces’ lack of food.

According to the official, Russia has already committed over 80% of their assembled troops, but they have not made any significant movement toward Kyiv in the last 24 hours.

“It doesn’t appear to be making a lot of progress,” the official stated about the movement on the capital.

Additionally, the said official explained this lack of progress, mentioning that, while “some of it has to do with their own sustainment and logistics,” a part of it is also due to the resistance Ukraine is giving them.

As per the official, the U.S. has seen that “some morale problems” exist in some parts of the Russian military. Apart from facing fuel and food problems, the Russian troops did not anticipate such great resistance.

Here’s a video of a Ukrainian citizen confronting Russian Soldiers after their tank ran out of fuel:

A large number of Russia’s troops in Ukraine are conscripts. They are typically young men who do not have much training or knowledge regarding combat operations. The official couldn’t confirm reports whether there are Russian troops that defected or have intentionally ran out of gas.

On the other hand, the official mentioned that it’s possible that Russia’s lack of progress at the moment may not be due to their logistical shortcomings or Ukraine’s resistance – they are “possibly regrouping, rethinking, reevaluating” before moving again.

Regarding weapons capabilities, the official also couldn’t confirm reports that Russia was using cluster munitions. However, the U.S. had seen video footage that would support this claim. Although, the official did mention that Russia owns “launcher systems that could be used for a thermobaric weapon,” but, again, they couldn’t confirm such a weapon’s presence or use on the field.

Over 80% of Russia’s pre-stage combat power is now within Ukraine, up from around 75% on Monday. According to the official, Russia has occupied several parts of southern Ukraine, particularly the cities of Malitopol and Berdyansk.

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Target Ammo Vs. Defense Ammo

Those who have spent any time on a shooting range will tell you that the most important thing to know, when target shooting, is which type of ammunition to use for which gun.  Once you have educated yourself on this, you will be better able to enjoy your range days.

Target Ammunition

This ammo is just what it sounds like—it is used on the range when shooting targets.  If you intend to use your firearm for personal protection, you must practice your shooting regularly.  Regular practice will help to create muscle memory in case of the need for an actual situation that requires the use of your firearm for protection.  Keep in mind this will involve the use of a large amount of ammo. 

The good news is that target ammo is not as expensive as defense ammo.  The reason for the lower cost lies in the manufacturing difference in target ammo.  As a rule, target ammo is primarily a full metal jacket or FMJ.  By the nature of its construction, FMJ ammo provides for a significantly deeper penetration that ammo constructed for defense.

Defense Ammunition

Many shooters will find that their need for ammo in an active defense situation tends to be a much more rare occurrence.  That is why this type of ammo tends to run at a higher expensive cost.  Defense ammo, in contrast to target ammo, is a jacketed hollow point, or JHP.  Unlike target ammo designed for optimum penetration, JHP expands when it impacts the target, resulting in more damage.

 Each type of ammo will perform in a different manner when fired, so you still need to make sure to practice with defense ammo from time to time.  It is crucial that your ammo will cycle through your handgun effectively, and that you are prepared for and are familiar with the different results. 

Recapping The Difference

Because the manufacturing of FMJ ammo is not as costly, the savings pass down to the user.  If you find yourself doing a significant amount of target shooting, FMJ is one of the most economical choices out there today.

On the flipside, with JHP ammo being more expensive to produce, many of those new to target shooting will use the cheaper option of FMJ most all the time.  However, this is an idea that is deemed very dangerous, but it is also illegal in some states, given the situation.

The problem with the use of FMJ for defense shooting is that the ammo does not reduce its projection on impact, and as such, does not expand.  The result is that the ammo will go through anything and anyone, as well as anything positioned behind the target.

Since defense ammo is more expensive, the design causes damage to the intended target alone.  When looking from a position of one of defense, that is what you need your ammo to do.


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