Preppers: Now is the Time to Stack It Deep


Preppers: Now is the Time to Stack It Deep

It’s grim out there in gunland. Layoffs are happening across the shooting industry, and the slump shows no signs of letting up. Suppressors, ammo, guns. You name it, and it’s taking a beating. Inventories are glutted, sales are limp, and prices are down.

There’s a saying among preppers: “stack it deep while it’s cheap.” Well, right now “it” is definitely cheap, for any gun-related value of “it,” which means that the wise prepper will start stacking. Things can turn around in an instant. Sure, the political landscape looks pretty good right now, but the 2018 mid-terms will be here before you know it, and you may not like what’s coming. Or a terror attack could send everyone back out to the gun store in a heartbeat.

So now is the time to make sure you have your “three guns” or “five guns” or whatever it is squared away. This means not just the guns themselves, but any optics and upgrades.

You should also start a regular ammo buying program. Lay a foundation with the cheap stuff in bulk, then layer in small batches of the good stuff (however you define that) as you get extra cash.

If you can pace yourself and keep purchasing through this slump, you’ll be well-positioned for when things tighten up again.

I have no dog in this fight. Unlike the NRA, which is also imploring everyone to go out and spend on guns, I don’t represent any industry groups. I don’t even own any gun-related stocks (that I know of). I’m just telling you like it is: as sure as the sun sets, there will be another panic, and you’ll wish you had taken advantage of this moment.

As for me, I’m kinda screwed, because I made a pledge to myself not to buy any preps in 2017. So there will be no stacking, deep or otherwise, at Chez Billj–at least not for the next nine months.

Anyway, if you’re just now getting into prepping, you’re lucky, because this is a great time to get started. If you’re one of those folks who bought at inflated prices during the panics, well, that’s too bad. But it’s not too late to break out of the cycle of panic-buying by starting a planned purchase program and planning to offload some surplus in the next panic.

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billj is currently a writer for AllOutdoor who has chosen not to write a short bio at this time.

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