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Potshots Fall 2021


The cost of ammunition has, after an 18-month run in which prices increased almost 400 percent over that time, finally started to come down. That is to say, they have “dropped” to “only” about a 100 percent increase over what they were in March 2020.

Insiders say that the “new normal” price (if and when that ever gets here) will eventually be about 50 percent higher than they were back in March of 2020. This presumptive new normal is predicated on the assumption that there will be no changes to the current state of materials supply and consumer demand and that no further legal shenanigans gum up the works.

Firearm prices have stabilized, for now, at the currently elevated levels.


Never, ever, neglect training. Firearm proficiency diminishes throughout time if not properly practiced. Make it a point to get to the range at least once a month and shoot 50 to 100 rounds. Maybe consider starting with marksmanship skills and drills with the first 20 to 30 rounds and then working on tactical/practical skills like coming out of the holster, “cutting the pie,” failure drills and low/no light with the rest of your rounds.

Don’t forget about taking care of yourself. Pay attention to what you are taking in for nourishment. A big portion of your health and longevity is greatly impacted by what you eat. If you are happy with your current weight, an easy way to maintain it is to multiply your body weight by 10 and only eat that many calories a day. Spread that out to three or four meals during the day.

Sure, counting calories is no fun, but watching your tummy grow bigger is less fun than that. If you want to lose weight, pick a target weight of, say, 20 pounds less than you weigh now, multiply that by 10 and only take in that many calories each day. It really is just about that easy. And drink about half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Your kidneys will thank you and it will keep you from feeling ravenous.

Healthy weight loss is about two pounds a week. Do something that elevates your heart rate to at least your age adjusted maximum (220 minus your age times .80) for at least 20 minutes three times a week. Your heart will thank you and it will help take off unwanted fat. Take time almost every day to be still, as in setting aside 5-10 minutes for quiet time to sit and reflect on those you love and things you are thankful for. When it comes to taking care of you, no one can do it for you.

Stay safe out there.


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