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True Stories of "The Armed Citizen"

True Stories of "The Armed Citizen"
It seems like bad news is often focused on over the good.  It's healthy to give your mind a break from the negativity and turn your attention to something positive.  The mainstream media rarely reports on the countless stories of law abiding citizens using their second amendment rights to save themselves and others.  It happens more often than you might think.
The NRA has a news section on their website dedicated to telling these stories.  You can search their news section with "The Armed Citizen" and over 300 articles come up.  These stories are being updated often, with tales of heroic citizens using their right to bear arms to protect their homes and families.  These stories take place all over the country, and their locations and sources are always cited.  You can read numerous amazing stories like the following. 
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two female roommates encountered an intruder in their apartment and after being injured by him, one was able to grab her firearm and shoot him in the leg.  They held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.  
In Stockton, California, a woman and her family were being attacked by their neighbor and she successfully stopped him with her gun.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a gas station clerk was able to grab his stashed gun and  stop a gunman who was threatening the customers. 
These stories paint a picture of what happens when law abiding citizens are able to use their God given rights to defend themselves, property, and even strangers. Good prevails!

How to Reload Shotgun Shells

How to Reload Shotgun Shells
Reloading is a great way to save money, especially during this time of high ammo prices.  It is most common to reload rifle and pistol brass shells, but you can also reload shotgun shells.  The experts advise to always follow a recipe to avoid accidents and always wear protective eyewear.  They also suggest inspecting the hulls and discard any with flaws.  As long as they're in good shape, you should be able to use them about a dozen times.
According to an expansive guide on Range365, "To start reloading shotshells, you will need a press, a scale, and a solid bench to bolt or clamp the press to."   You will need "hulls, primers, plastic wads, powder, and shot."  You can either use a single-stage or a progessive press model.  The single-stage models are cheaper and you can only press one shell at a time, while a progessive press allows you to work on multiple shells at once.
There are 7 steps to reloading: 
1. Size and Deprime the Case
2. Seat a Primer
3. Charge with Powder
4. Seat a Wad
5. Charge With Shot
6. Start Crimp
7. Finish Crimp
Each step has its own set of important details.  Refer to the sources linked below for a more in-depth look at exactly how each step works.  The most efficient way to collect the hulls is by using our Shotgun Shell Ammo-Up.  Although you cannot reuse the wads, our machine will pick them up also, which is a nice clean up feature.  
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Why Reloading is More Important Now Than Ever Before

Why Reloading is More Important Now Than Ever Before
You’ve probably been hearing gun and ammunition sales are on the rise because of last year’s events. The pandemic, riots, and presidential election caused many people to feel uneasy, and therefore, they wanted to be able to protect themselves.

Ammunition manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the high demand. It’s no surprise the cost of ammunition is also rising. An article on 19fortyfive.com explains, "For those looking for the popular 9mm, a box of 50 rounds FMJ (full metal jacket) 124-grain top quality loads were available for $59.98, or about $1.20 for each round. A 150 round box of Winchester Lake City 5.56 NATO FMJ 55 grains – labeled “Value Pack” seemed anything but – as it was available for $224.89."

The writer of the article, Peter Suciu, explores many factors responsible for high ammo costs. Not only did many gun owners stock up on ammo, but many first time gun buyers last year did the same thing when they purchased their guns. Some customers stocked up so much they've been able to sell their excess back to stores. Others loaded up on ammo only to resell it for an inflated price, taking advantage of the shortage.

It's hard to say when prices will go down. Peter says in another article, “...even if gun sales dip in 2021, the same is unlikely to be true of ammunition sales. In other words, if 2020 broke the records for firearms, 2021 could set a new benchmark for ammunition sales and continue to build on last year’s strong sales.”

If you're being impacted by this, one of the best things you can do is reload your ammo! Even though it's not common, you can reload shotgun shells by saving the hull and reusing it. Reloading brass is much more popular and many people already have the equipment to do so. The easiest and most efficient way to gather your shells is with an Ammo-Up machine.

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