Gun-Day Sunday: Another Tribute to Pat Rogers, More Strong Sales Numbers, and Now’s the Time to Acquire

NRA has posted a fine tribute to the late Pat Rogers (as we did the other day):

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.

Pat R behind the gun

Amen.

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.

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to Gun-Day Sunday: Another Tribute to Pat Rogers, More Strong Sales Numbers, and Now’s the Time to Acquire

  1. rustybill says:

    My eyes aren’t good enough for rifle, that’s why I prefer scatterguns. I should also note for the record that on 20 January 2009 I did not own any firearms. I now own two: A Mossberg Model 500 Crown Bantam in 20 gauge, and a Mossberg Maverick 88 in 12 gauge. Both are short-barrel versions (22″ and 18.5″, respectively). I also maintain a full complement of cleaning and basic maintenance equipment, and a decent stock of ammunition. Further, I try to schedule a range day at least every six weeks, as far as my limited budget permits.

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