As many of us here at NRA can attest, and also by those who have flooded internet forums this week, Pat was beloved by people who trained with him. He loved life, loved his family, loved his country, loved the military and defeating America’s enemies, loved law enforcement work, loved telling his many stories, and, perhaps more than anything, loved motivating people and helping them excel. If you spent five minutes with Pat, you knew he was the consummate, no-nonsense professional, but that he also cared about the people around him and especially, his students. You left your first class with Pat knowing you had trained with one of the best, and made a loyal friend for life.
Due to his long familiarity with M16-series rifles, and the AR-15’s soaring popularity, Pat was one of the top “go to” instructors if you wanted to cut through the myths and really learn about those rifles’ capabilities and how to develop expertise with them. Pat showed, even to the satisfaction of skeptics, that they are the most accurate and reliable rifles of their type in history.
By way of WRSA, we found WeaponsMan breaking down the latest NICS background check numbers, etc. Pretty interesting. That ain’t panic buying, folks. Panic doesn’t last this long. No, something else is at work…
Speaking of which, please note that the Democrat national convention is scheduled for the last week in July. That’s a little less than three (3) months out. At that point, or probably even a little before, you can expect prices to go up and availability of certain items to tighten. I don’t think we’ll have severe ammo shortages like we had before– previous capacity ramp-up by the industry will absorb most of the demand– but that’s only a guess. Better still to stock up NOW. I suggest the following, in order of priority:
- A quality mil-spec AR, with sling, solid optics, and back-up irons
- Good magazines, like PMags; I’d say a basic load (six) first, then a dozen more for depth, even more than a dozen if you can
- AMMUNITION; lots of plain FMJ ball, and some hollow-points or soft-points; NATO-standard milsurp in battlepacks is best for long-term storage; be sure to factor in enough for training and practice– John R. Murphy recommends two years’ worth
- The things that make those things work, i.e. cleaning supplies, lube, spare parts, front-sight adjustment tool, you get the picture
- And, most important– TRAINING
(Once you’ve got the carbine taken care of, repeat for pistol.)
Don’t let events overtake you. We can all see what might be coming down the pike, and it’s ugly and unpleasant. Remember– willingness is a statement of mind, but readiness is a statement of fact.