22LR: The new bitcoins?


Who doesn’t fondly recall their first .22?

Mine was waiting under the Christmas tree. It was obviously a firearm.

I was 8-years-old. It was a special present and I couldn’t wait to rip off the red wrapping paper. I’d finally graduated from airguns. I was thrilled.

It’s sad that today’s kids may have the thrill of their first .22 firearm marred by the fact that it’s nearly impossible to find ammo.ruger-10221

Today, .22LR is being bought and sold, speculated and traded like a hot stock, or the now infamous bitcoins.

Our good friends at Guns Save Lives have penned an open letter to .22 speculators, saying basically that its time to end the craziness. The artificial demand has caused prices to skyrocket. It’s time to stop, they say.

I couldn’t agree more.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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