I purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II rifle shortly after Vegas on impulse. Thought I was being strategic. At the time I kinda wanted a rifle, but it was between that and a nice AK74 model with a forged trunnion that was about $150 more. The extra cost was not a factor, as I would never put myself in a situation to buy any gun where the cost of the gun and any followup incidentals overstretched my finances. But I ended up going with the AR solely on the basis that I thought there was a chance they’d be targeted in state or federal legislative attacks.
Here’s the problem.
I don’t like AR15’s. I find them bland, boring, lacking in anything resembling personality or soul, lacking in mechanical intrigue or historicity, and able to be substituted with a very large number of perfectly suitable alternatives at a bit of additional cost and tinkering. So I ended up just letting it sit and rot in my safe for like three years, trying to find an opportunity to flip it for more than half what I paid for it because of how laughably oversaturated the AR15 market is.
Thankfully, about the only positive thing to come out of this past year’s near-constant state of panic is the fact that I was able to sell the gun and the leftover ammo and accessories I had for a cool $1,600, which I immediately spent on an M1 Garand with a WW2 serial number.
There’s a difference between being strategic and being scared. Don’t ever buy something because you’ve been guilted or fearmongered into buying it. Buy it because you want it or because it fits into your prep schedule. Because if I hadn’t gotten lucky, I would have ended up having to decide between taking a bath on the thing and just letting it sit in my safe collecting dust and taking up space , and lo and behold, the AK that I passed over because 5.45 was a little truicky to come by at the moment? The gun itself is going for well over twice what I would have paid, in the rare event you can find it, and the ammo is about the only thing you can find in bulk at a reasonable rate right now. Other than, for some reason, those old Nagant foreskin style revolver cartridges which you can inexplicably find for about 18c/per. THERE’S another one I’m kicking myself about, passing up on the $99 Nagant revolvers…