By Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- If you watch the Fox news channel or pick up the Wall Street Journal you cannot miss all the ads selling gold.
They are trying to convince you that hard times are coming and only gold will have any real value. The problem is as of today gold is $1612 an ounce and silver is $31.
Obviously having a gold coin is better than having $1612 dollars in US paper money in time of crisis if you want to come out on the other end of a bad situation with something of value. In reality that gold coin will only grow in value in time of crisis.
I have seen predictions of gold rising in value to as mush as $8000 an ounce. Sounds great if you are the owner of the gold coin but what can you buy with an $8000 coin when the basic needed items of food, medicine, and paper products are not to be found on the store shelves.
If I have a pick up truck full of canned food and you offer me a gold coin for it, do you really think I am going to be so greedy as to take your overly inflated gold that I cannot do any thing with and turn over a truck load of non-perishable food?
Maybe if your neighbor is desperate enough to sell you his land or high value items like vehicles, gold coins will come in handy in time of crisis if you want to dabble in speculation as the world is falling down around you. One ad I am seeing is projecting that silver could go up to $200 an ounce. If you have $1600 to invest (I am not sure that is the correct word) in a one gold coin you may want to consider spreading your crisis- purchasing ability into multiple, less value, but more spendable silver coins.
The one hard and fast rule of personal survivability in time of crisis is “food and firearms are the only two things of true value.”
Really it is food and ammo. There are more firearms in the US then there are people so other than a man made hoarding situation there will be plenty of firearms. However a gun is only an expensive boat anchor if there is no ammo to shoot out of it.
Have you tried to buy ammo in the past sixty days? The ability of find any handgun ammunition is almost impossible unless you are willing to pay as much as twice the normal price. Certain rifle calibers, such as .223 Remington and 308 Winchester are selling for a $1 to $2 a round.
A twenty round box of 223 Remington was selling for about $8 a box two months ago. Now some types of 223 Remington are selling for $35 a box of twenty. This is pure manmade panic buying. I have been writing for over five years about the volatility of ammo availability and price, now the chickens have come home to roost.
This is not a natural, disaster driven crisis that makes the public go out and desperately seek guns and ammo because the world is coming to an end. This is purely a politically driven Bravo Sierra (BS) manmade panic buying problem.
However what it is, is an excellent training tool for those who continue to sit on the fence of personal protection and support of the Constitution. The bad guys under the “Klingon Cloaking Devise” of elected politicians (primarily Democrats) are after your firearms and more importantly your Constitutional rights under the 2nd Amendment. You may believe it is someone else’s job to do all the heavy lifting in protecting you from evil.
If weakness is the basis you want to build your life and the safety of your family on so be it, but how dare you expect someone else to risk their life to rush in and save you because you refused to prepare.
In time of real crisis I project a 50 round box of 22lr ammo will trade for the current value of an ounce of silver. So if silver is $200 an ounce that will make a 22lr bullet worth $4 a round. If you think I am off the mark go out and try to buy a box of 22lr ammo today. Today’s ammo crisis is not real, but there is no 22lr to be found and that is real.
As Obama says, “this is a teachable moment.” Learn, prepare and get busy buying the right tools for the job. Your job is to defend your family.Major Van Harl USAF Ret
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing. [email protected]