If you’re like me, you’re probably a little concerned about the possibility of an anti-gun chap like Romney, Rudy, or of course Hillary/Obama getting elected next year. If you’re also like me, you kind of want to start stockpiling things like full and high capacity magazines, ARs, and ammo.
That’s why I’m glad I have a C&R. For about $200 bucks, I can get a 7.62×25 Tokarev pistol, which is basically a knockoff of the ’03 Browning design, and then for about $120 I can get a boatload of 7.62×25 Romanian manufacture ball ammo. By “boatload”, I mean 1,200+ rounds from Aim Surplus. Sure it’s corrosive stuff, but if you clean your guns properly after use and remove the corrosive deposits, it won’t harm your firearms. It’s nice and cheap practice ammo. Plus, Wolf makes a decent hollow-point load for the 7.62×25 if you’re thinking about carrying it for defensive purposes; a role for which it would be suited in a cinch.
That’s one of the appeals of C&R, especially to me. If you’re looking to get decent, proven defensive guns on a tight budget, it’s hard to beat having them shipped directly to your door. With my C&R, I can get that Tok and 1200 rounds of ammo for about $300, then get an SKS and 1,000 rounds of Wolf 7.62×39 for another $350. That means for $650 dollars I have a perfectly serviceable rifle and handgun combo. They’re not going to win any beauty or accuracy contests, but they will get the job done.
I don’t think that anyone who is legally able should be denied the ability to defend themselves just because they can’t afford a $1500 AR15, and a $900 customized 1911. Do I think that if they’ve got the scratch they should buy the best gun they can afford? Of course I do; but sometimes you’ve only got $200 bucks to spend.
And I’ll certainly recommend a good quality surplus gun before I tell you to get a Hi-Point, Jennings, or one of those other things. The nice thing about surplus guns is that (for the most part) they’re tested and proven designs.