I am a large advocate of having items that could be used for bartering in the event that the times get really bad and our infrastructure bottoms out. I believe some extra food would be advisable as would sufficient supplies of potty paper and like products. However I battle to even consider the very thought of bartering rounds or guns of any sort. Let’s face it, during the preparation staging I saved and purchased rounds to present myself and our grandkids for several years at best. While I may have sufficient quantities of ammunition to meet all my needs I would hesitate to present such things to other people.
During troubled times human nature being what it is will probably bring out the worse that mankind has to offer. In our final days we will likely discover that food is extremely difficult to obtain. Those supplies that we normally take for granted will be unattainable at best. No longer could we jump in the family wagon and take a trip to Wal-Mart’s to stock the freezer for the week as well as to obtain fresh offspring and milk. Life even as are used to it will be many different.
Life will be bad enough during those times without leading to our troubles. We will have every person playing around the city with a loaded firearm and no law enforcement would be available 30-06 Springfield Ammo to keep them in check. Many of these people will have no training what so ever in the use of these guns and that makes them doubly dangerous. They will simply be shooting at anything that is moving whether it be man or beast. More civilian times of rounds will be uselessly spent at this time then ever before in our history. Naturally, anyone with a weapon of any sort will crave more and more rounds. This thought alone places a premium on the value of rounds when considered as a trading item.
In the same sense those that have not will certainly be longing for the items they want from those who have them. Guns and rounds may at first appear to be an excellent choice for bartering but let’s suppose you trade a 22LR or a 30-06 for some supplies. At the same time you reach deeply into your availabilit of rounds and provide some to use in those weapons. You may have just made the largest blunder of your life. What would prevent see your face from simply reloading the rounds that you just traded him with the guns that you just traded him and taking anything and everything that they want?
Chances are very good that you and your family will also be eliminated since the evil doer would not want to spend the remainder of their life watching over their shoulders in the event you decide to seek revenge.
Simply put why would you want to even consider bartering with people who are in competition with you for any available food and important life giving resources. These same people could turn on you in a moments notice and you have lost everything.