I am a large supporter of having items that could be used for bartering in the event that the occasions get really bad and our structure bottoms out. I believe some extra food would be advisable as would sufficient supplies of commode paper and like products. However I find it difficult to even consider the thinking behind bartering ammo or firearms of any sort. Let’s face it, during the preparation stages I saved and purchased ammo to supply myself and my family for several years at best. While I may have sufficient quantities of ammo to meet all my needs I would hesitate to supply may be to other people.
During troubled times human nature being what it is tends to 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 skip over will be difficult at best. No longer could we jump in the family truck and vacation to Wal-Mart’s to stock the fridge freezer for the week so they can obtain fresh eggs and milk. Life as we are used to it will be totally different.
Life will be bad enough during those times without adding to our troubles. We will have every person running around the city with a loaded pistol and no law enforcement would be available to keep them at bay. Many of these people will have no training what so ever in the use of these firearms and that makes them two times as dangerous. They will simply be shooting at anything that will be moving whether it be man or animal. More civilian rounds of ammo 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 ammo. This thought alone places reasonably limited on the value of ammo when considered as a trading item.
In the same sense those that have not will certainly be desiring the items they want from those who have them. Firearms and ammo 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 supply of ammo and provide a few to use in those firearms. You may have just made the largest mistake of your life. What would prevent that person from simply loading the ammo that you just traded in him 30-06 ammo with the firearms that you just traded in 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 shoulder muscles 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.