What constitutes a “Stockpile”?

“…deputies found five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition…”  Oh stop the presses. over 100 rounds? This individual is obviously gearing up for a war!

Yes that was sarcasm.  100 rounds of ammunition is not a “stockpile.” It is less than an hour of range time.  Consider our troops. A typical combat loadout for a soldier in combat is seven 30 round magazines for their M-4 rifles. 210 rounds of ammo.  That they carry. On them. (At least that is what it was when I was in the Army.) That is not for the entire combat operation, that is for one patrol mission.  100 rounds is not concerning. It isn’t even enough to raise an eyebrow.  100,000 rounds, that might make you want to take a closer look. But 100 rounds? That’s a whopping two boxes. Whoop-de-doo.

“…enough guns to start a small war…”  Really? This person has thousands of guns? Hundreds?  Doubt it. 5 guns is not enough to start a small war. It’s enough to start a hobby.  The shortest war in history lasted for less time than it took the police to respond to an armed robbery in Dallas. (The war was about 40 minutes long, the police response came 72 minutes later.)  And even that war, had over a thousand  combatants. “The ultimatum expired at 09:00 on 27 August, by which time the British had gathered three cruisers, two gunships, 150 marines and sailors and 900 Zanzibaris in the harbour area.”  Small war.  Do you think 5 guns would have cut it? 50? Nope.  That was over 1,000 combatants, on one side. The losing side had more. That is a small war.  Just like in my previous post about “high power rifles” these are just buzzwords that are used that have no bearing on reality. 

If you hear “Stockpile of ammo” or “Enough guns to start a small war,” consider what that actually means.  Unless it is significantly over 100,000 rounds (all of a single caliber) or there are literally hundreds of the same type of firearm, it’s not a stockpile. It’s hype and probably nothing more than a gun enthusiasts passion.

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