This is Not a Blog to…
This is not a blog about how to store ammo.
This is not a blog on how to fly with ammo.
This is not a blog on how to drive with ammo.
This is not a blog on where to get your ammo.
This is not a blog that describes crossing state lines, or counties, or country borders with ammo.
This is a blog on how to just carry ammo for a period of about 24 hours with the immediate intent to use such ammo.
Sometimes the simple question of “How do I carry my ammo?”, can be sidetracked with rules, terms, and even politics. Not this time. We are keeping all of that stuff out of this blog.
To do that, let’s define this a little so we can stay in scope, and not wander all over the place like a Karen after a full box of wine in isle 12 of the local Wal-Mart.
We are strictly speaking about getting your Ammo from point A to point B with the immediate intent to expell that ammo within a short period of time. This is grab and go scenarios, as well as move and grove (I don’t know if “move and grove” is a good expression here, but I like it.)
The standard answer:
The quick response to the question of, “How do I carry my ammo?”, from the EDC / 2A person is probably, “in my firearm, loaded and ready with an extra clip within reach at all times.” (Did you just read that in a different voice? Not like Morgan Freeman’s voice, but more like Matthew McConaughey? HAHA!) There is nothing wrong with that, under the right circumstances!
“At all times”, doesn’t work out while you are swimming, visiting Disney World, or heading to court (unless that is your job.)
Just put all of your ammo in your pockets right!? Mix it all right in there with your keys, knife, cell phone, jellybeans, whatever else you have in your EDC.
The questions. Who What Where When Why?
Let’s break this down. You have to be eligible to have this subject matter, matter. Knowing how all the variable apply will help.
Who are you?
Are you a cop? Are you in security? Are you in the Military? Are you a Sportsman? Are you a hunter? Are you a hobbyist? Are you a Criminal? OK! You are in the right place! To be sure there is always room for improvement, no matter what your professions, craft, or skill may be. We hope you learn from this.
If you hold any other these positions, you will be carrying some ammo with you to somewhere needed. Protect society from each other, focus your craft, feed your family. Do it smartly, (and yes that is a word).
You should posses a basic knowledge of what ammo can do. It is pretty rare, but these little buggers can go off even without the use of a gun. It is a good piece of knowledge that you don’t want to be throwing these things into fires, or hitting them with hammers. Just saying. If you are eligible to carry ammo, then please continue reading.
What are you carrying?
Ammo of course! But what kind of ammo, and how much do you need?
22 LR, .380, 9mm, .40, .45, 10mm, 5.7 FN, .38, .357, .223, 5.56, something else? You will have a different option for each type of ammo you are choosing to employ. We will NOT cover all of the options here. There are just too darn many. Like maybe a million. Crazy. I will cover some basics.
If you are carrying the ammo, you know that you can carry a lot more 22 LR rounds than 5.56 rounds. The differences in size and weight just limits your ability. It’s just math. It matters on what it is that you are actually moving around with because it will determine what options you have to do so. Belts, Boxes, Bags, Ammo Card, Bandoliers, so many options! Once you know what you are carrying, you can start to figure out how much of it you can actually take with you. It will also matter WHERE you are going as it may involve more than what you can hold with on your feet, and may include a vehicle of sorts.
Where are you going?
How heavy is this stuff. Well……there is LEAD involved so pretty F’n heavy bro. This is where PT comes into play. (FYI, “PT” means Physical “Therapy”). (FYI, “FYI” means “For Your Information”). Get your butt moving. Every movie, book, image of someone traveling with ammo has a physically fit person doing it. I am not sure if anyone will yell , “Get to da Choppah!”, but you will need to get your heart pumping for this activity. You have to be strong in order to “move and grove” ( I used it again). The stronger you are the more you can carry so hit the gym, lift some weights, go for a run. Do whatever it is you need to do to get into shape, otherwise you are not carrying much and you might find that to be your weakest defense.
If you are talking about being on the move it doesn’t much matter where you are going. You will not want to be lugging around ammo boxes or bags of cardboard boxes. You want fully loaded clips, mags, loaders, chambers, etc. when you are headed to your destination.
When are you carrying your ammo?
Is it day time? Night time? Is it after work, or over the holidays? Does this really matter? Well, yes! And no.
The time of when you are carrying your ammo for the most part does not matter. You will carry it when you need it and depending on what you need it for will determine when you have it. For example, if you are going to the range it will be during business hours. Irrelevant. Doesn’t matter. If you are carrying it during an insurrection, you may want to do this while things are quiet so that you are not seen. In contrast you may want to do it when everyone can see you so they see the power that you wield.
The point is you should only be carrying it when you are planning on using it so make sure you can carry as much as you need in the most comfortable logical way possible.
Why are you carrying ammo? How long should I carry the ammo?
In this case, in this scenario we are saying about 24 hours at the most. If possible, you want to carry if for as short-term as possible. This stuff can be heavy, like it was made of lead or something! Hopefully you are able to cycle through rounds regularly for the fun of it. Keeping your rounds for long extended periods of time is possible, but chances of failure increase.
How are you carrying your ammo? This is the good part!
If you are at a gun show you will be lugging around plastic bags full of heavy lead. Not smart. You will probably be looking for a backpack vendor right away. If you planned ahead you will have brought your own wagon. These are the people that think ahead!!!
If you are headed to the range then you fill some ammo boxes, load up your bag with just the cardboard boxes from the store, or have your magazines already loaded because you are rich and have as many magazines as you do ammo.
Whatever ammo it is, there is some sort of accessory created to help you. There are bags, ammo cards, belt attachments, Molle attachments that you will find on your go bag or vests, there are so many options! Everyone is different so you want to get what works best for you.
You are going to use an Ammo Box right? Steel, Plastic, what is best. Well how abusive are you? If you throw your ammo boxes around, we would suggest steel. Steel is the way to go. It is a bit heavier, but you are strong right?
If you are a little more delicate, go with the plastic models. Not only are they lighter, they are also cheaper and will never rust.
What about an ammo dump bag? Wait what is an ammo dump bag? It is this…..CLICK HERE.
More ways to carry ammo
There are some who will recommend using Stripper Clips to handle the transport of your ammo. Although the name of the item is fun to say and it may raise an eyebrow or two, it might just be a good thing to lose. They may very well be the point of these little guys as they can disappear quickly while you are in motion, or if you are standing in dirt when it hits the floor. I am sure if you have ever used one of these for whatever caliber you had, you most like have lost a few. They are cool is you want to drop them into your pocket really quick, but the better way would be to just load your ammo into a magazine if you can afford to have the magazine available. It is certainly better than hearing the rattle of lose ammo in a bag or somewhere else.
How about a Speed loader for your revolver? That is a great place to have your ammo sit when you need it handy.
Where is this Blog going?
Where is this going? I don’t know. I am getting a little bit lost here due to the massive amount of options. There are just so many methods you can apply to how you carry your ammo. The variable of who, what, where, when, or why is so extreme that information here can be perfect for you, but absolutely wrong for the next guy or gal. The effort at this point it to just shed some light on the topic as a whole and get you thinking of some options you may not have considered.
Hopefully you are not too deflated, and you are getting something out of this, even if it is just a time filler for you while you are waiting in line at the post office, waiting for a commercial to end, or you you are pinching one off.
We have seen all kinds of YouTube videos on this topic, and we got more laughs out of them than information. Some of the youtubers out there are really funny…..but let’s just say we are NOT laughing with you. I understand that this comment is mean, and I am supposed to be a positive person who talks about positive things, but I have to call some of you out here. You are spewing so much poop from your mouth, I am embarrassed for you.
Flying with Ammo
Are you flying with Ammo? Is so, ignore everything I have said up to this point and just follow the TSA guidelines. I don’t want to get in trouble by offering you a solution that was not meant to be used for flying. Flying is a totally difference ball game, and IU am not touching that. Just go to the TSA page and comply.
Now ignore everything I have just said so far and you should just go to the TSA.gov site where they have outlined the “proper way of doing this.” https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition
Now tell me why this Blog helped you, totally sucked, or other. Comment below, and say your peace about this.