So, its Christmas time of course. You never know when you may get to step out under the guise of Christmas shopping, and find yourself some good fortune… .
Went out to our local WalMart a couple of days ago, FIL and I. As we were standing at the Ammo case, we longed for better days when .22 ammo was a-plenty. Not a single box in sight… .
Me: “Well, no .22’s. I guess I could get some of that 5.56 over there for a good deal (picture below – looks promising. Israeli made, imported by Federal. Odd head-stamp though).”
A 3rd guy comes sauntering down the isle, about the same time a WW drone comes wandering by…from the opposite direction.
WW drone: “You guys need anything?”
3rd guy: “Yeah, I wanted some .22, you have any?”
WW drone: “Well, I got some 225’s in the back… .” (225’s?)
FIL heard 225’s and I’m not sure what he thought, but he must not have heard the rest as he trudged away… . I was not sure what 225’s were either, until 3rd guy asked,
3rd guy: “long rifle…?”
WW d: “yep.”
Drone then disappeared to get the mystery 225’s. Those drones move pretty fast. By then FIL was already at the end of the isle. I am not sure whether it was selective hearing, being hard of hearing, or what, but suddenly it dawned on him. Skittering back up to 3rd guy –
FIL: “.22’s!?!?! Long rifle .22’s?!?!”
Why yes, 3rd guy said.
I have not seen FIL run that fast in a long time, after WW drone.
Among 3rd guy, FIL and I, we ended up with 3 boxes apiece.
Pretty good, as .22 availability seems hit or miss. Better than a year ago perhaps, but more likely not on the shelf, or hidden in the back. The difference, you can find it and there are no jostling hordes mobbing for any pittance… . And pricing was good. Not great, but easy to get a couple boxes, even on a budget.
But then, today, as I took better half and MIL out shopping:
Jackpot! Maybe FIL will get one in his stocking. Or, maybe not. Should I tell him they have scads – multiple cases – still over there?
So, patience and time, and it can be found. I have what I need and will share for the Holidays.
Some help (and I am not an “ammo scav”!):