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The Cons of Tracking Ammo with Serial Numbers

The Cons of Tracking Ammo with Serial Numbers
If you've ever watched TV shows or documentaries about how investigators solve crimes, you're probably familiar with the concept of using serial numbers to track guns.  Sometimes, even bullet casings have serial numbers on them, and this has been a useful tool for tracking down criminals.  There are many pros and cons to requiring serial numbers on ammunition, and both sides are worth exploring.

Currently, there are no strict laws in America requiring ammunition to have serial numbers.  Those in favor of stricter gun laws have suggested requiring serial numbers to be engraved on ammunition would help keep track of who is buying bullets and help solve crimes.  While this is the main benefit, there are many cons to making serial numbers on ammo a requirement.

The NRA points out that this could mean many detrimental consequences for law-abiding gun owners such as "forfeiture of currently-owned ammunition, a separate registration for every box of new ammunition, outrageously expensive ammunition costs for police and private citizens alike, and a waste of taxpayer money better spent on traditional police programs".  

They make a great argument to oppose requiring serial numbers on ammunition because all of these factors will affect the people who follow the laws, such as hunters, or those who own guns for target shooting or personal protection, while criminals could easily beat the system.  "A large percentage of criminals' ammunition (and guns) is stolen. Criminals could also collect ammunition cases from shooting ranges, and reload them with molten lead bullets made without serial numbers."

Other opponents, such as gun shop owners say this would not be worth all the extra paperwork they would be required to do.  Not only that, but the NRA continues to explain, "The cost of ammunition would soar, for police and private citizens alike. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute estimates it would take three weeks to produce ammunition currently produced in a single day. For reason of cost, manufacturers would produce only ultra-expensive encoded ammunition, which police would have to buy, just like everyone else."

At first glance, some might think its a good way to keep track of ammunition purchases, but when you look deeper, a lot would go into making serial numbers on bullets a requirement.

NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo August 2019

NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo August 2019
The NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo is August 19-21 in Denver, Colorado at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. We're excited to announce Ammo-Up will be among the many exhibitors attending this year.

This is a great opportunity for range owners, firearm retailers, and anyone interested in shooting to gain knowledge about business, products, and services currently in the industry. Ammo-Up will have a booth set up to share information about our wide range of products. You can talk to our experts, see live demos of the machines in action, and even try them out for yourself.

Over the course of these three days, there will be a plethora of educational sessions where you'll learn from experts in the field on topics like "Sizing Your Range Appropriately to Make Money", "The Science and Art of Innovative Retail Design", and "Marketing Misfires- Secrets You Need to Know to be Better".
As the website explains, "For range-retailers, it really doesn't get better than this! Three days of education, exhibits, networking, and new ideas."

Check out the website for more information and we hope to see you there!

Product Spotlight: The New Ammo-Up HD for Rifle and Pistol Brass

Product Spotlight: The New Ammo-Up HD for Rifle and Pistol Brass
Recently, we released a new product called The 18" Ammo-Up HD for Rifle and Pistol Brass.  This new idea was sparked when customers began requesting a more durable, heavy duty machine.  Silas Dudley, Ammo-Up's President, took this idea and worked to make the product into a reality.

With the help of his brother and Ammo-Up's CEO, Caleb, and a couple of other employees, he embarked on the designing process.  Brent, General Manager, gave his perspective from the marketing side.  Brian, Warehouse Manager, was also brought in to give his suggestions to make this machine the best it could be.

Brian had this to say about the creative process, "Silas came in with the first prototype and asked us to look it over.  We all gave our ideas for how to make it better.  This happened about 4 or 5 times before the best version was finalized."  
When asked about the upgrades that have been made to this new version he said, "The frame of the machine is all metal.  Wheel shaft bearings have been attached to either end, which allows the machine to run much smoother. It's sturdier, more durable, and will last a lot longer, especially for outdoor ranges.  The only plastic parts are the wheels and fingers. The basket doesn't stick out as far but holds the same amount of brass, if not more."

These new machines have opened up new opportunities for utilizing metal as a building material in future products.  Even though the Ammo-Up HD hasn't been on the market long, we've heard positive feedback from our customers.  Whether you're looking to use it for indoor or outdoor shooting ranges, military locations, or police stations, this heavy duty unit will get the job done